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CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler scored 21 points while rookie Doug McDermott added 16 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-90 rout of the Denver Nuggets in an exhibition game on Monday night.
Kenneth Faried led a balanced Nuggets offense with 19 points. Jusuf Nurkic scored 15 and Timofey Mozgov and Arron Afflalo each added 10 for Denver (1-3).
Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson each scored 15 while Nikola Mirotic added 12 for the Bulls (2-2).
After trailing early, Denver pushed to a 30-19 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 21 in the second quarter before Chicago launched a 29-4 run to force a 58-58 halftime tie on Tony Snell's fast-break dunk with six seconds showing.
The Bulls led 83-75 after three quarters and the Nuggets never got closer than eight in the fourth.