Barton's 2 free throws lift Nuggets over Bulls, 110-107
DENVER (AP) Rookie Jamal Murray scored a season-high 24 points, Will Barton hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls 110-107 on Tuesday night.
It was Denver's 10th straight home win over the Bulls and its 16th in the last 17 meetings at Pepsi Center.
Butler had 35 points and eight rebounds for Chicago, which last won in Denver on Feb. 8, 2006. Dwyane Wade had 22 points after sitting out Sunday's game against the Lakers.
The Nuggets used a 22-0 run at the start of the second quarter to take a 41-31 lead. Murray had 15 of his 17 first half points in the period and Wilson Chandler scored 12 of his 16 in the second quarter.
The game was tied when Barton was fouled on a drive to the basket, and he hit two free throws left to give Denver a 109-107 lead. Isaiah Cannon shot an airball on a 3-point attempt and the Nuggets got the ball.
Bulls: Butler was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 27.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in four games. He scored a season-high 40 Sunday. … Michael Carter-Williams is still out with a left knee bone bruise and left wrist sprain. … Doug McDermott (concussion protocol) missed his fifth game.
Nuggets: Mike Miller is away from the team for family reasons. He is expected to rejoin the team later in the week.
ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID
The Nuggets courted Wade as a free agent this summer but he ultimately chose his hometown Bulls. He came away impressed with his meeting with Denver.
''Those guys, I was sold on them,'' Wade said. ''They made it a lot tougher than people think.''
Even though he didn't sign with the Nuggets, they felt good about the process.
''To have a chance to sit down with a first-ballot Hall of Famer who was giving us serious considerations showed our fans of the positive vibes about this team, around the NBA,'' coach Michael Malone said.
Bulls: Finish up their six-game road trip Friday in Philadelphia. It is tied for their longest trip of the season.
Nuggets: At Utah on Wednesday