Final Score: Denver 101, Utah 94
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried posted 24 points with a
career-high 21 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Utah Jazz,
101-94, on Saturday.
Randy Foye netted a team-high 26 points and Evan Fournier came off the bench
and supplied 23 for Denver, which has a three-game winning streak.
"The effort of the guys competing and playing hard I thought everyone
contributed in their own special way," said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. "The
guys really have something going and I'm proud of them the way they are
finishing up the season."
Gordon Hayward paced Utah with 23 points, while Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors
each recorded double-doubles.
Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Favors added 13 points with 10 boards
in the Jazz's fourth straight setback.
The Nuggets trailed by 10 at the break, but outscored the Jazz 67-50 over the
final two quarters in large part to shooting 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Utah led by eight with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third when Denver ended the
frame on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 65-64 entering the fourth. Foye gave
the Nuggets their first lead of the game, 77-76, with a 3-pointer with just
under seven minutes remaining in the fourth.
Fournier followed with a three-point play to extend the cushion, but the Jazz
closed to within two before Fournier and Foye delivered the dagger.
Foye knocked down a trey to make it a five-point spread with 3 1/2 to play and
Fournier buried a triple on the following Denver touch to make it 90-82.
Utah got as close as four, but Denver made enough free throws down to stretch
to secure victory.
"They made shots," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "They made plays down the
stretch and we didn't."
Earlier, Utah led 23-18 after one quarter and took a 44-34 lead into the
locker room at half.
Denver was 0-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half ... The Nuggets owned
a 52-39 edge on the boards ... Utah scored 16 points off of 18 Nuggets
turnovers, and Denver tallied 14 points on 14 Jazz giveaways ... Timofey
Mozgov totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.
04/13 00:25:00 ET
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