Nuggets rout Bulls, extend streak

Utah’s Enes Kantor (17 points, 5 blocks) was on the ball vs. Samuel Dalembert and the Bucks.
Utah’s Enes Kantor (17 points, 5 blocks) was on the ball vs. Samuel Dalembert and the Bucks.
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By A. Melendrez Stapleton

Associated Press

Nuggets 128
Bulls 96

DENVER — Kenneth Faried celebrated his invitation to the league’s annual slam dunk contest with a series of rim-rattling, crowd-pleasing jams Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to eight games with a 128-96 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Faried finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes as the Nuggets won for the 15th time in 18 games since Jan. 1.

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Wilson Chandler added 24 points in just 19 minutes as the Nuggets made quick work of a stingy Bulls team that came in yielding just 91 points a game but watched Denver pour in 100 by the time the third quarter was over.

JaVale McGee put on his own slam-and-jam show, adding 10 points for the Nuggets, who haven’t lost since Jan. 18 and led this one by as many as 35 points.