Monday , Jan , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets stop off in Windy City

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls try to stop a two-game losing streak
this afternoon when they continue a four-game homestand against the Denver
Nuggets at the United Center.

On Saturday the Bulls kicked off their homestand in losing fashion, as they
dropped a 91-89 decision to the Indiana Pacers.

Andres Nocioni had 15 points and eight rebounds while Darius Songaila added 14
points for the Bulls, whose skid comes on the heels of a three-game winning
streak.

Ben Gordon posted 13 points and Luol Deng contributed 12 points and seven
boards in the loss.

The Bulls then tied the game at 89 apiece on Kirk Hinrich’s two free throws
with 18 seconds left, but the Pacers had one final answer.

Anthony Johnson converted an acrobatic shot over his head and was fouled on
the play with 3.9 seconds left. The guard, though, missed the foul shot and
Deng grabbed the rebound before calling timeout for one final play.

Gordon received the inbounds pass and quickly drove the lane where he threw up
a runner that dropped through the hoop, but it was ruled to have come after
the final horn sounded. After an extensive video replay, it was confirmed that
the shot did come too late and the basket was no good.

Chicago, which will close its stand with visits from New York and Houston, is
7-11 in its arena this season.

Denver, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Carmelo Anthony poured in
a game-high 38 points to lead the Nuggets past the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-93, at
the Bradley Center.

Earl Boykins chipped in 21 points off the bench for Denver, which has won
three of its last four games. Andre Miller added 18 points and dished out
eight assists while grabbing eight rebounds.

A win tonight would put the Nuggets above .500 for the first time since being
12-11 on December 15.

Denver, which will be closing a three-game road trip tonight, is 7-11 away
from home this season.

The Nuggets split their two-game season series with the Bulls last season and
have won eight of 10 and nine of the last 12 meetings. Denver has also dropped
seven of 10 and 16 of 20 in the Windy City.

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