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Charles Cherney, Associated Press
Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, left, loses control of ball in front of Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Monday, March 26, 2012.

CHICAGO — Ty Lawson tied a season high with 27 points, Arron Affalo added 22 and the Denver Nuggets shot 50 percent Monday night to beat the Chicago Bulls 108-91.

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Denver, playing its third game in four nights as part of a seven-game road swing, got its first win three games into the trip. Al Harrington added 17 points and Andre Miller chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who are scrapping for a playoff spot in the West.

C.J. Watson and John Lucas III scored 17 points each for the Bulls. Chicago star Derrick Rose sat out his seventh straight game with a groin injury and the Bulls seemed to be out of sync most of the night, especially on defense.