DEN
CHI

No Text

Millsap's putback gives Nuggets 108-107 win over Bulls in OT

CHICAGO (AP) Paul Millsap knows nobody is perfect in the NBA. The key to being a good team is finding ways to win when not everything is clicking.

The 13-year veteran believes that's exactly what the Denver Nuggets did Wednesday night.

Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Millsap's putback with 0.1 seconds left in overtime gave the Nuggets a 108-107 victory against the Chicago Bulls.

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.

''All games are not going to be pretty,'' Millsap said. ''You're not going to shoot the lights out all the time, but the way that we're winning games is something special, especially with young guys.

''They're learning how to win without making shots.''

Zach LaVine had 28 points and rookie Wendell Carter Jr. scored a career-high 25 for Chicago.

LaVine has 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 against the Golden State Warriors.

''We have to learn how to win,'' LaVine said. ''We brought it all the way down to the wire, but we fought. It was a bounce back. Still (stinks), though. You play such a good game, you want that result.''

After the Nuggets took a 106-104 lead on a 3-pointer by Jokic - he had eight of Denver's 10 points in overtime - Justin Holiday answered with a 3 to put Chicago on top 107-106 with 1:26 to play.

After giving up 92 first-half points to Golden State on Monday, the Bulls allowed just 51 in the first two quarters 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.

''I reminded our guys about the opening night in LA,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''We were down six or eight and we never panicked. I said, `Tonight, we're not going to panic, either.'''

Neither team could convert multiple opportunities in the final minute, sending the game to overtime.

KEEP SHOOTING

Jokic had nine assists to finish one shy of a triple-double, but was having an off shooting night until the final minutes of regulation and overtime. He made his first three shots in OT - including a pair of 3-pointers - before the miss Millsap converted.

''It was unbelievable to see him flip the switch like that, to go from struggling to knocking down 3s in big moments,'' Millsap said. ''He's a special player.''

REUNION

Denver G Monte Morris played two years under Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State. When Hoiberg made the jump to Chicago in 2016, Morris recalled his former coach told him he'd see him in the NBA. Morris, selected by the Nuggets in the second round (51st overall) of the 2017 draft, was far from a can't-miss prospect.

''You knew he was going to find a way to make it in this league,'' Hoiberg said. ''He's one of the smartest players, highest IQs, I've ever been around.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: The team announced Tuesday it 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,'' Hoiberg said. . G Denzel Valentine (sprained left ankle) is scheduled to have MRI and will be re-evaluated on Thursday. . The team announced Tuesday that next season's option had been picked up on the rookie-scale contracts of Markkanen, Valentine and Kris Dunn.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Bulls: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

---

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
Z. LaVine
8 PG
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
28.1 Pts. Per Game 28.1
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
54.3 Field Goal % 51.0
56.3 Three Point % 51.1
86.4 Free Throw % 83.3
  Full timeout called 0:00
+ 2 Paul Millsap made dunk 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap 0:00
  Nikola Jokic missed jump shot 0:00
  Personal foul on Zach LaVine 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic 0:11
  Zach LaVine missed fade-away jump shot 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday 0:33
  Full timeout called 0:57
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic 0:57
  Wendell Carter Jr. missed dunk, blocked by Paul Millsap 0:57
Team Stats
Points 108 107
Field Goals 45-99 (45.5%) 39-92 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 7-26 (26.9%) 16-34 (47.1%)
Free Throws 11-18 (61.1%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 65 54
Offensive 17 10
Defensive 39 33
Team 9 11
Assists 24 27
Steals 7 7
Blocks 10 6
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 16 23
Technicals 2 0
22 PTS, 12 REB, 9 AST
25 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Nuggets 6-1 2823291810108
home team logo Bulls 2-6 242430209107
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 6-1 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Bulls 2-6 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 25.1 PPG 13.0 RPG 8.4 APG 50.6 FG%
Z. LaVine PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 22 PTS 12 REB 9 AST
Z. LaVine PG 28 PTS 5 REB 7 AST
45.5 FG% 42.4
26.9 3PT FG% 47.1
61.1 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 22 12 9 9/20 3/6 1/1 2 32 2 3 6 5 7 +4 51
P. Millsap 19 6 1 8/13 1/2 2/3 2 32 0 3 1 1 5 +7 29
G. Harris 16 5 2 7/18 2/6 0/0 3 37 1 0 3 1 4 -3 23
J. Murray 12 8 6 5/13 0/4 2/2 1 43 0 1 1 1 7 +9 32
T. Craig 7 4 0 2/4 0/1 3/4 1 22 1 0 0 3 1 -1 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 22 12 9 9/20 3/6 1/1 2 32 2 3 6 5 7 +4 51
P. Millsap 19 6 1 8/13 1/2 2/3 2 32 0 3 1 1 5 +7 29
G. Harris 16 5 2 7/18 2/6 0/0 3 37 1 0 3 1 4 -3 23
J. Murray 12 8 6 5/13 0/4 2/2 1 43 0 1 1 1 7 +9 32
T. Craig 7 4 0 2/4 0/1 3/4 1 22 1 0 0 3 1 -1 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Plumlee 13 4 1 6/7 0/0 1/5 2 20 1 2 1 1 3 -3 21
T. Lyles 9 10 3 4/9 1/3 0/1 2 20 1 1 2 3 7 -6 25
M. Beasley 6 5 0 3/9 0/3 0/0 1 30 1 0 2 1 4 +2 10
M. Morris 4 2 2 1/6 0/1 2/2 2 24 0 0 0 1 1 -4 10
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Akoon-Purcell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 56 24 45/99 7/26 11/18 16 260 7 10 16 17 39 +5 213
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 28 5 7 11/24 2/6 4/4 4 39 1 1 2 0 5 +3 47
W. Carter Jr. 25 8 5 9/21 2/3 5/6 3 37 3 3 1 6 2 +4 48
J. Holiday 15 5 5 5/10 5/9 0/0 3 39 0 1 0 0 5 -7 31
J. Parker 6 9 0 3/10 0/4 0/1 4 35 0 0 1 0 9 -3 14
C. Payne 5 0 2 2/8 1/3 0/0 1 24 0 0 5 0 0 -5 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 28 5 7 11/24 2/6 4/4 4 39 1 1 2 0 5 +3 47
W. Carter Jr. 25 8 5 9/21 2/3 5/6 3 37 3 3 1 6 2 +4 48
J. Holiday 15 5 5 5/10 5/9 0/0 3 39 0 1 0 0 5 -7 31
J. Parker 6 9 0 3/10 0/4 0/1 4 35 0 0 1 0 9 -3 14
C. Payne 5 0 2 2/8 1/3 0/0 1 24 0 0 5 0 0 -5 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Blakeney 15 3 0 5/9 4/4 1/3 0 13 0 0 1 0 3 -4 17
C. Hutchison 8 7 1 3/6 1/3 1/2 2 29 0 1 1 2 5 +4 17
R. Arcidiacono 3 2 7 1/2 1/2 0/0 3 29 3 0 1 0 2 +8 21
C. Felicio 2 4 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 3 15 0 0 1 2 2 -5 5
R. Lopez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Portis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Markkanen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 43 27 39/92 16/34 13/18 23 260 7 6 13 10 33 -5 204