Bulls fans were chanting about the Bulls, right?
Wait, what's that?
Late in Monday night's overtime, the Chicago fans chanted an expletive that included their team's name, following a controversial call that led to the Nuggets' 12th consecutive victory, tying the longest win streak for Denver since it joined the NBA in 1976.
With 1.7 seconds left, Marco Belinelli's baseline floater appeared to be going down toward the basket when Chicago's Joakim Noah tapped the ball in. Goaltending was the call and the Nuggets got the ball. That essentially clinched the win for Denver, 119-118 at the United Center.
"From my angle, it looked like it was a good play, it looked like the ball was short," said angered Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who also was upset that an earlier tip-in by Denver's Kosta Koufos wasn't called for basket interference. "Koufos' play, I asked them why they didn't review it. Clearly it was on the rim. And they told me that because they didn't make the (goaltending) call, they couldn't review it. They have video stuff to make sure they get it right. ... They're tough calls, bang-bang, but I don't understand why one is reviewable and one isn't."
Meanwhile, Denver coach George Karl said, "I don't think there's any question it was (interference on Noah) — that ball was going to hit the rim. There was no question in my mind. On the Koufos one, that one was too far from me (to see)."
It was in the spring of 1982 when the Nuggets last won a dozen straight. Their best ABA winning streak was 15 games in 1969-70, when they were known as the Rockets.