Recap: Bulls 93, Nuggets 81

Posted Jul 16, 2013 1:12 AM

The Chicago Bulls knocked off the Denver Nuggets by a score of 93-81 in the conclusion of Monday's Summer League action at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.

The game went back-and-forth early on as the first half saw eight different lead changes. The Bulls took a 37-35 halftime lead into the locker room.

Andrew Goudelock scored a game-high 31 points on 10-for-13 shooting and nailed 5-of-6 three point attempts. The 31 points is the most points scored in game to this point at this year's Summer League.

Malcolm Thomas set an NBA Summer League record for rebounds in a game with 22 and added 13 points to notch the double-double.

Goudelock sparked the Bulls from the start. He was the NBA Development League MVP last season and spent some time with the Los Angeles Lakers in each of the past two seasons. Originally selected by the Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft, Goudelock topped his performance from Saturday's Summer League opener where he scored 26 points in 27 minutes in a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Nuggets kept pace with Goudelock's Bulls, courtesy of the three-pointer. Denver connected on 7-of-9 attempts from behind the arc in the first-half and finished the game shooting 13-of-25 (52%) from long distance.

Evan Fournier led the way for Denver with 20 points and connected on 4-of-8 three-point attempts.

In the third quarter the Bulls were propelled by Erik Murphy. Murphy nailed three consecutive field goals, capped off by a 3-pointer to open up a 51-42 lead. Murphy completed a four year stint at Florida, where he averaged 12.2 points and earned First Team All-SEC honors this past season. He finished the contest 18 points.

Denver chipped away at the deficient with a 14-4 run toward the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, making it a 68-62 game. Luke Harangody, who spent this past season playing for Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Goudelock would answer back once again with 10 fourth quarter points. He checked out of the game with 3:39 remaining, leaving the Bulls up 87-73.

The Nuggets and Bulls will both play their third game tomorrow when Chicago takes on Portland at 5 p.m. and Denver tips off against Washington at 7 p.m. Both games will be played at Thomas & Mack.