Will Barton scored a career-high 37 points including the game winner in the last seconds

Posted: 10:02 PM, Nov 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-01 05:02:02Z
Will Barton scored a career-high 37 points including the game winner in the last seconds

DENVER --  Will Barton  capped a career-high 37 points with a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left and the  Denver Nuggets  overcame the loss of  Nikola Jokic  to beat the  Chicago Bulls  111-110 on Thursday night.

Gary Harris  added 21 points, and  Kenneth Faried  had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Denver.

Jokic went down in with 44 seconds left in the second quarter when he drove to the basket and stepped on  Jerian Grant 's foot. Jokic hit two free throws before heading to the locker room with an obvious limp. He didn't return in the second half.

Lauri Markanen and  Robin Lopez  had 20 points each for Chicago, and  Kris Dunn  added 19. The Bulls have lost seven straight to finish 2-13 in November and drop to 3-17 overall.

The Bulls, who led for most of the game, took advantage of Jokic's absence and led 108-105 in the final minute. Barton was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws to tie it, then made 1 of 2 to give Denver a one-point lead with 20 seconds left.

Dunn gave Chicago the lead with a layup with 9.6 seconds left, but Barton drove the length of the court and hit a reverse layup.

Chicago led 68-62 at halftime but Denver rallied to briefly take the lead in the third quarter. Grant hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third to put the Bulls ahead 92-91.


Bulls: F  Nikola Mirotic  has increased his practice load and is close to returning. "He's really in training camp mode," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He's had a lot of individual work but nothing simulates that playing up and down, five-on-five type action. Mirotic has been out since a preseason altercation with teammate  Bobby Portis  left him with several broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. ...  Zach LaVine  (left ACL tear) will have a full practice Friday after going through individual drills Thursday.

Nuggets: F  Wilson Chandler  was out for the second straight game with low back soreness. Juancho Hernangomez again got the start in his place. ...  Richard Jefferson  played a season-high 12 minutes.


Bulls: Host Sacramento on Friday night.

Nuggets: Host the  Los Angeles Lakers  on Saturday night in  Lonzo Ball 's first game at Pepsi Center.