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          === Burks, Favors lead the way as Jazz take down Nuggets ===
 
 Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Alec Burks picked up a career-high 34
 points,  while Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz
 defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-103 on Monday night.
 
 "It  was a good  effort for everybody. I happened to make some shots. It was a
 great game and we got the win," Burks said.
 
 Trey Burke tallied 18 points and eight assists for Utah, which has won four of
 its  last six  games.  Richard Jefferson  chipped  in with  16  points in  the
 triumph.
 
 Ty Lawson had 23 points and 11 assists and J.J. Hickson recorded 21 points and
 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
 
 "Defense  for the most part tonight was nonexistent," Nuggets head coach Brian
 Shaw said.
 
 Utah  led  35-31 after a  quarter of  play and 37-35  early in the second, but
 pulled  away  following an  18-6 run. Burke  hit a pair  of triples during the
 surge,  including one  to cap it for  a 55-41 advantage with 4:14 to go before
 the half.
 
 The  hosts led  by as many as 16  late in the quarter and took a 67-53 cushion
 into   the  break.  Utah   led  by  as  many  as  24  --  89-65  thanks  to  a
 Jefferson trey -- before heading into the fourth with a 93-77 margin.
 
 The Jazz cruised to the easy win in the final frame, never letting the Nuggets
 get closer than 11 points.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Utah  shot  55.7 percent (44-of-79) from  the floor and 44.4 percent (8-of-18)
 from  beyond the arc ... The Jazz held a 15-5 edge in second-chance points ...
 Evan Fournier had 16 points for Denver.
 
 01/14 01:22:08 ET

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