Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was next up. Derrick Rose's sluggish start to the regular season has already begun to attract media questions of opposing coaches to get their take on why.

Shaw obliged, then hoped.

Hoped that Rose wouldn't find his rhythm until after the Bulls left town.

No such luck.

Rose played one of his better games of the season to date with 19 points, but here's the kicker — the Nuggets survived it and rendered any contributions from the former league MVP meaningless by the end. They beat the Bulls 97-87 on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. It was a dual purpose win for Denver (5-6), snapping a two-game losing streak overall, yet extending their home winning streak to four.

All they had to do to get it done was grind it out, and then ride a hot fourth quarter from Jordan Hamilton. The Bulls (6-4) have a way of mucking up the contest and they did just that, getting physical primarily through the trio of center Joakim Noah and forwards Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. And while that trio was scoring and rebounding like normal, the Nuggets were holding everyone else down.

Against one of the NBA's best defensive teams, the Nuggets flashed solid defense of their own and proved to be the better of the two. They held the Bulls to 39 percent shooting overall, powered by a stifling defense that limited Chicago to 16-of-47 from the field in the second half.