10:30 PM ET, November 21, 2013
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
DENVER -- Once Nate Robinson stopped worrying about missing shots, he started making them, and the timing couldn't have been better.
"I've been battling little injuries, and been in a little slump, not wanting to take the shots I usually take just because I didn't want to miss them and hurt my team," said Robinson, who scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
"But I got to the stage where I'm like, `Forget it. Just play and be you," he said. "I'm no longer going to worry about missing shots. I'm just going to shoot when I'm open and play aggressive, get my teammates involved and play as hard as I can for as long as I can and enjoy the minutes that I get."
Hamilton finished with 17 points to lead the Nuggets, who won their seventh straight against the Bulls at the Pepsi Center. J.J. Hickson had 14 points, Kenneth Faried had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Randy Foye also scored 12 points.
Derrick Rose had 19 points for the Bulls, who snapped a five-game winning streak.
Robinson, who spent last season with the Bulls, started a 12-0 burst when he hit successive 3s opening the final period. Hamilton matched him by making 3s on consecutive possessions, and the Nuggets' lead ballooned to 82-62 with 9:40 left.
"He's a spark plug, man," teammate Ty Lawson said. "Nate is never down and out, so if he misses through three quarters, he's going to come through in the fourth quarter. That's what he did for us."
Chicago managed to pull to 94-83, but Robinson responded by hitting a 12-foot bank shot to help quash the Bulls' late momentum.
"You can't let your guard down against them," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought their bench hurt us. Hamilton had a big game for them, Nate had the two big shots to start the fourth, [Timofey] Mozgov hurt us in the paint. Lawson puts a lot of pressure on you, and (Wilson) Chandler puts a lot of pressure on you. You've got to use your team to slow them down.
"Our turnovers hurt us," Thibodeau added, "but the big thing is we gave them easy scoring opportunities. We should have been able to count on our defense. Ninety-seven points, 46 percent [shooting], it's too much."
Darrell Arthur hit a baseline jumper to give the Nuggets a 69-60 lead with 1:09 left in the third, matching their biggest lead of the night. Denver was in front 70-62 going into the final period.
The Bulls outscored the Nuggets 8-2 in the last two minutes of the second quarter, pulling to 50-48 at halftime. Chicago hit the offensive boards in the surge, getting tip-ins from Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah during the sequence.
Chicago's Mike Dunleavy started at shooting guard in place of Jimmy Butler, who is week to week because of a toe injury. ... Chicago's Taj Gibson was ejected with 1:15 left after drawing his second technical foul. ... Chicago hasn't won in Denver since a 110-107 victory on Feb. 8, 2006. ... Faried has 10 or more rebounds in five of his last six games.
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MVP: Jordan Hamilton. A group effort pushed the Nuggets over the Bulls, but Hamilton was key. He led Denver with 17 points off the bench and nailed two late 3-pointers to push Chicago off the edge.
X factor: The 3-point line. Nate Robinson and Hamilton opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive 3s, increasing Denver's lead to 21. Chicago never recovered.
LVP: Luol Deng. With Jimmy Butler injured, the Bulls were in dire need of wing production, but Deng was nowhere to be found. He shot an abysmal 3-of-18 from the floor and stymied Chicago's transition offense with his tunnel vision.
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**Double bar graph potential** Derrick Rose was much more efficient closer to the rim last night than he has been all season but his field goal percentage inside 10 feet remains well below his career average. He's shooting 42% from that distance while averaging about the same number of field goal attempts as his 4 previous seasons.[+]
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