Millsap's putback gives Nuggets 108-107 win over Bulls in OT
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 01, 2018 11:22 AM
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr. (34) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
By John Jackson, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Paul Millsap's putback with 0.1 seconds left in overtime gave the Denver Nuggets a 108-107 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Trailing by a point, Denver inbounded the ball with 3.5 seconds remaining. Jokic missed, but Millsap grabbed the rebound and converted a layup off the glass for the winning basket as the Nuggets improved to 6-1.
Denver had a 23-8 edge in second-chance points.
Zach LaVine scored 28 points and Wendell Carter Jr. added a career-high 25 for Chicago.
LaVine has scored at least 20 points in a career-best nine straight games, a streak that dates back to last season. It was Carter's second consecutive game establishing a new high. He had 18 points Monday (Tuesday, PHl time) against the Golden State Warriors.
After Denver took a 106-104 lead in overtime on Jokic's three-pointer — he had eight of Denver's 10 points in OT — Justin Holiday answered with a triple to put the Bulls on top 107-106 with 1:26 to play.
After giving up 92 first-half points to Golden State on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), the Bulls allowed just 51 in the first two quarters Wednesday but still trailed by three at halftime.
Chicago held a 96-90 edge with three minutes left before Denver went on an 8-2 spurt to tie it at 98 with 1:07 left.
Neither team could convert multiple opportunities in the final minute of regulation.
Nuggets: The team announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) it had picked up next season's option on the rookie-scale contracts of 2016 first-round draft picks Jamal Murray, Juan Hernangomez and Malik Beasley.
Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen (sprained right elbow) continues to progress in his rehab and this week added running on the track and upper-body weight training to his routine. "He's still two to four weeks out," coach Fred Hoiberg said. . G Denzel Valentine (sprained left ankle) is scheduled to have an MRI and will be re-evaluated on Thursday . The team announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that next season's option had been picked up on the rookie-scale contracts of Markkanen, Valentine and Kris Dunn.
Nuggets: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Bulls: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).