Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Friday, November 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 25th

Bulls 81

(0-7, 0-4 away)

Nuggets 99

(4-5, 4-2 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:00 PM ET, November 19, 2004

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 26 25 19 1181
    DEN 27 25 27 2099

    Top Performers

    Chi: A. Nocioni 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Den: E. Boykins 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chicago (0-6) at Denver (3-5) 9:00 pm EST

    DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets attempt to win their third straight game at the Pepsi Center when they host the winless Chicago Bulls on Friday.

    On Wednesday, Denver shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39) in the second half to open its five-game homestand with 112-106 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.

    Carmelo Anthony, who has averaged 28 points over his last four games, scored 30 points and blocked a pair of shots. The second-year pro was a career-high 16-of-16 on free-throw attempts and has led the team in scoring in five straight contests.

    All-Star Kenyon Martin posted his second double-double, posting 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Andre Miller added 14 and seven assists with just one turnover.

    DeMarr Johnson scored in double figures for the second straight game with 12 point and was 5-of-5 from the floor for Denver, which recorded a higher shooting percentage than its opponent (48 percent to 43 percent) for the first time this season.

    Despite missing both Nene and Marcus Camby with injuries, the Nuggets dominated inside for the second straight game, outscoring Toronto in the paint, 56-26.

    At 0-6, Chicago is the lone team in the Eastern Conference without a win and is currently 0-2 on its season-long seven-game road trip. It is off to its second-worst start in franchise history, trailing only its 0-9 start during the 1967-68 season.

    On Wednesday, the Bulls suffered a 98-85 setback against the Golden State Warriors.

    Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points and dished out 10 assists for Chicago, which has lost six in a row at Golden State.

    Rookie Luol Deng, who is leading the team with 16.7 points per game, was held to a season-low four points in the loss. Fellow rookie Ben Gordon scored 12 points and is averaging just under 10 points per game on the road.

    The Bulls forced 24 turnovers in the loss but committed 23.

    Chicago was swept in a two-game series by the Nuggets last season and have lost five straight in Denver.