Utah 121, Denver 102

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, March 23, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Officials - #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #45 Brian Forte, #10 Ron Garretson
Attendance - 19250

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Denver 32 23 21 26 102
Utah 30 33 31 27 121

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 26-22 15-12 11-10 L1
Utah 26-22 19-6 7-16 W6

Recap


JAZZ 121, NUGGETS 102: Al Jefferson had 23 points and eight rebounds, leading seven players in double figures as host Utah earned a season-high sixth consecutive victory.

In scoring its most points of the season, Utah (26-22) moved into a three-way tie for seventh place in the West with the Nuggets and idle Houston.

Gordon Hayward had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Utah improved to 6-0 at Energy Solutions Arena in March. Devin Harris had 13 points and a season-high nine assists.

Alec Burks scored 15, Paul Millsap had 14 and C.J. Miles and Derrick Favors each scored 12.

Jefferson was 11 of 16, and the Jazz shot 59.3 percent (48 of 81).

Al Harrington scored 20 for the Nuggets, who opened a seven-game trip. Kenneth Faried scored 16 on 5-of-7 shooting. Wilson Chandler added 13, Andre Miller had 12 and JaVale McGee scored 11.

Utah had its highest scoring half of the season and took a 63-55 halftime lead. The Jazz quickly put the game away in the third, outscoring the Nuggets 31-21 for a 94-76 lead.

Denver's Arron Afflalo had 14 before being ejected in the third quarter. Afflalo was tossed after a flagrant Type 2 foul for throwing an elbow at Hayward with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter.

Harris’ driving slam dunk highlighted a 22-4 run and 91-64 lead for the Jazz as Denver went scoreless for nearly six minutes.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jazz guard Earl Watson said Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins - who called Utah’s Devin Harris a kid after Thursday’s 103-102 loss - can pick on him next time he wants to hassle a Utah player. “The DeMarcus kid: I don't know,” Watson said. “We're in the playoff hunt. I'm not sure what his purpose is. I know what our purpose is.” … Utah guard Raja Bell got a second opinion on his injured left knee and is out indefinitely.

Top Game Performances

Denver   Utah
Al Harrington 20 Scoring Al Jefferson 23
Ty Lawson 6 Assists Devin Harris 9
Al Harrington 10 Rebounds Al Jefferson 8
Arron Afflalo 7 Free Throws Made Gordon Hayward 5
Corey Brewer 3 Steals Alec Burks 2
JaVale McGee 2 Blocks Gordon Hayward 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 102 46.2 6-18 24-32 22 41 5 8 19
Utah 121 59.3 7-15 18-29 32 38 8 10 14

Upcoming Games

  • Utah will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The Jazz have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .545 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Minnesota . The Nuggets have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .524 after a loss.
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