The Denver Nuggets won their eighth straight game with a 128-96 shellacking of the Chicago Bulls, using an explosive offensive led by Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried.
Chandler, who has secured the role of sixth man, confidently responded to head coach George Karl's trust by raining down 24 points in just 19 minutes - on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range - to lead a group of six Nuggets players in double figures.
Faried, meanwhile, showed off his enormous potential by scoring 21 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and making two steals in Thursday night's game at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Ty Lawson also had a big night as floor general against the normally stingy Bulls' defense, recording a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists.
For the game, the Nuggets shot 58 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the 3-point line against Chicago, which has the third-best defense in the NBA based on opponents' points per game and field-goal percentage per game.
The Bulls were led by reserve swingman Daequan Cook, who scored 19 points.
The Nuggets' record improved to 32-18, fourth-best in the Western Conference, while the Bulls fell to 29-20.
In the only other game Thursday night on the NBA schedule, the Boston Celtics routed the Los Angeles Lakers 116-95 for their sixth straight win since star point guard Rajon Rondo was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. EFE