The Denver Nuggets (25-29) ran into a roadblock in the Chicago Bulls Friday night on a nationally televised game on ESPN. The running of the Bulls would blowout the Nuggets by 28 points, 117-89. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin would score a team-high 22 points off of the bench on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, connecting with five three-point shots.
Jimmy Butler would go down with an injury in the first-quarter as Tony Snell would fill in quiet nicely for the second-year guard out of Marquette. Snell would end up playing 37 minutes, shooting 7-of-14 from the field, knocking down a trio of three-pointers to finish with 20 points. Center Joakim Noah set the pace for the club recording 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, collecting 11 rebounds and 5 assists.
Newly acquired point guard Aaron Brooks impressed in his first game with the Denver Nuggets. He would score nine first-quarter points to finish with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, collecting 1 assist and 1 rebound. Jan Vesely, who was the other player Denver acquired at the deadline, played in 16 minutes of action finishing 2-of-7 from the field with 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye quietly had a good game shooting. He would finish with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from deep. After a monster 26-point performance in Milwaukee last night, Kenneth Faried scored just 8 points on 4-of-9 shooting, collecting 7 rebounds and 1 assist.
Denver Nuggets power forward Darrell Arthur would leave the game with a left hip strain and did not return. Quincy Miller would get some playing time with the injury to Arthur and appeared in 13 minutes of action, scoring 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting. Wilson Chandler had a rough night, shooting 2-of-6 from the field scoring just 4 points.
The Denver Nuggets (25-29) return back to action on Sunday night at home to host the Sacramento Kings. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM MT.