NBA Game Summary - Denver at Utah
(Saturday, March 8th)
Final Score: Utah 132, Denver 105
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur scored 27 points, leading seven players in double figures, as the Utah Jazz extended their home winning streak to 18 with a 132-105 romp over Denver at EnergySolutions Arena.
Carlos Boozer finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Deron Williams had 16 assists to go with 14 points for the Jazz, who have won five straight overall. Paul Millsap added 16 points and 10 boards off the bench for Utah, which is a league-best 28-3 as the host this season and hasn't lost in Salt Lake City since a 104-98 defeat to Boston on December 29.
Kyle Korver and Matt Harpring chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
"It was huge," Williams said about the win. "We were hoping that they (Nuggets) would lose last night to San Antonio, but it ended up that we picked a game up on them anyway tonight. We came out from the start and had a great game. Memo (Okur) was good in that first half and he couldn't miss and I was looking for him. Everybody stepped up tonight and played good defense."
Allen Iverson poured in a game-high 28 points for the Nuggets, who had a modest two-game winning streak broken. Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and six boards. J.R. Smith donated 16 points off the bench.
"I've never seen Utah shoot the ball as well as they are shooting the ball right now," Denver coach George Karl said. "The combination of their ability to make shots on the perimeter and Deron Williams running their offense it's a pretty impressive sight. We didn't have any juice. We didn't have any energy."
The Jazz lead second-place Denver by four games in the Northwest Division standings.
Utah carried a 34-26 advantage into the second quarter, in which its lead ballooned to 64-45 after Okur knocked down a trey with 3:07 remaining in the frame. Okur buried another three to make it 70-47 and the Jazz held a 77-54 margin at halftime.
The Jazz shot a blistering 63.8 percent (30-of-47) from the floor in the first half, including 8-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Utah continued to shoot the lights out, opening the third quarter on a 10-0 run. A Boozer layup with 2:39 remaining stretched the lead to 101-67, and it was 108-75 heading into the final stanza.
The Nuggets never threatened in the fourth quarter, as Utah cruised to the finish.
The Jazz's 18-game home winning streak is the franchise's longest such streak since a 20-game run that began during the late stages of the 1997-98 season and extended into the 1998-99 campaign...Utah's Andrei Kirilenko sat out his third straight contest with a sprained right hip...Denver's Kenyon Martin left the game with a concussion...Denver dropped to 12-18 on the road...Okur pulled down 11 boards...Utah shot 60.2 percent from the floor, including 73.3 percent from three-point range...Denver shot 47.5 percent.
03/09 00:55:32 ET