Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson had 20 points, 12 assists and three steals to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 114-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Arron Afflalo added 19 points for the Nuggets, who have won five in a row. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler tallied 15 and 14 points, respectively.
"It feels good to get back even (.500) and get back in the mix," Lawson said.
Jimmy Butler ended with 32 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost three of four. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 boards.
Bulls star Derrick Rose suffered another injury setback, leaving the game with tightness in his left hamstring. Rose had just returned to the lineup Monday after missing the previous four games with a hamstring injury.
"I wasn't moving the way I wanted to on the floor," Rose said. "I came in and talked to Thibs (Tom Thibodeau) and we both agreed on me sitting out."
The Nuggets took control of the game in the first quarter. Denver led by as many as 12 in the frame and took a 31-21 lead into the second.
The home team led by at least two possessions throughout the second and held a 56-49 edge at the half.
Chicago got within 64-61 with seven minutes left in the third quarter, but the Nuggets responded with a 7-2 spurt. Lawson capped the flurry with a 3-pointer to make it 71-63.
Denver took a 10-point lead into the fourth and held on from there.
The Nuggets defeated the Bulls for the eighth straight time in Denver ... Chicago fell to 7-3 on the road this season ... The Nuggets have scored 100- plus points in all five games during this winning streak ... Mike Dunleavy and Aaron Brooks had 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Bulls.