NBA Game Summary - Utah at Denver
(Saturday, January 6th)
Final Score: Utah 96, Denver 84
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Deron Williams notched a career-high tying 28 points and 12 assists, as the Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz topped the struggling Denver Nuggets, 96-84, at the Pepsi Center.
"I felt good out there," Williams said. "Just made wide-open shots."
Carlos Boozer posted 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won three of their last four. Mehmet Okur and Derek Fisher both added 10 points.
Allen Iverson posted 22 points and eight assists for the Nuggets, who lost their fifth straight. Earl Boykins also netted 22, while Linas Kleiza had 17. Reggie Evans contributed 11 boards.
Utah exploded for a 12-0 run to open the game snapped by a Boykins jumper with 7:49 remaining and led 27-16 heading into the second quarter, in which the Jazz added five points to their lead for a 31-17 halftime lead.
Denver came out of the locker room with renewed energy, and went on a 16-2 tear capped by an Iverson finger roll with 5:48 remaining. The Nuggets trimmed their deficit down to three heading into the final stanza.
However, Utah regained control in the fourth. With just a one-point lead, it went on a 10-0 burst capped by a Williams dunk with 7:09 left, and Denver never trailed in the game.
"They were better than us in the last quarter," Iverson said. "They were tougher and stronger than us. We're struggling right now. They forced me into difficult shots."
This was the first of four meetings this season between the clubs...Utah has split its last 10 games at Denver...The Jazz have won four in a row in this series.
01/06 23:54:10 ET