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Bulls show no mercy to woeful Nuggets

Dennis Rodman's assessment of Denver's talent level was almost as ugly as what the Chicago Bulls did to the Nuggets.

Chicago rebounded from its worst loss of the season Monday night with a 111-72 rout of the Nuggets at sold-out McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.Scottie Pippen scored 19 points and Scott Burrell had 24 - all in the fourth quarter - as Chicago bounced back from a 25-point defeat Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Afterward, Rodman didn't give the Nuggets any slack either.

"Playing Denver is like playing a high school team," he said. "They're very close to being the worst NBA team I've seen."

"I thought the national anthem was the highlight out there," Chicago coach Phil Jackson said. "It's too bad that basketball has really lost its competitive edge here. We tried to keep it close as long as we could."

The 39-point loss was the Nuggets' worst home defeat since joining the NBA in 1976, eclipsing a 38-point loss to Indiana in 1990.

WIZARDS 113, PISTONS 101: At Washington, Detroit thought life without Doug Collins would mean no more tension, no more friction. On Monday night, it meant no more defense.

On the day they fired the coach with the intense, confrontational style, the Pistons gave up their most points in a game this season.

HEAT 90, HAWKS 83: Alonzo Mourning had 22 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for Miami.

CAVALIERS 109, 'WOLVES 99: At Cleveland, rookie Cedric Henderson scored a season-high 24 points, and rookie Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19.

MAVERICKS 104, GRIZZLIES 90: Michael Finley scored 30 points as Dallas beat visiting Vancouver for the third time this season.

SUNS 106, 76ERS 97: Rex Chapman scored 29 points as Phoenix won its third straight road game.