Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets travelled to Utah to take on another Northwest division rival in the Jazz who were riding a five game winning streak. Ty Lwason again did not feature in the game still nursing his heel injury and trying to be 100% for the playoffs. Old man Dre would take his spot in the starting lineup. The Jazz who are fighting for their lives to get the 8 th spot in the west got dealt a huge setback as Denver came out deserved winners 113-95.
The 1st quarter was even throughout and not much separated the teams. Al Jefferson who has been on a tear the past month continued his dominance leading the Jazz. Kenneth Faried shot straight out of the blocks on Wednesday night being aggressive on both sides of the ball. After a good quarter of basketball, Denver led 28-23.
The Manimal led all scorers with 9. The nd quarter, as per usual these days Denver’s bench started to take over and tonight Chandler, Brewer, and again for the second straight game, Fournier were the main culprits. The Nuggets would hold as much as an 8 point lead but the Jazz wouldn’t go away.
At halftime, Denver led 56-51 with 11 points each from Faried, Miller, and Brewer. Denver shot 53% for the half and held Utah to 48%. Denver also contained the Jazz on the boards 23-15. Denver opened the 3rd quarter with a bang going on an 8-0 run and never looked back. The Jazz just didn’t have an answer for the Nuggets explosion on offense and Denver stormed to an 81- 68 lead after the 3rd, with Faried leading the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
The 4th quarter was more of the same as Denver continued to pull away. It didn’t help the Jazz that Gallo started to get his shot rolling putting up 13 points in the quarter. The Nuggets were well on their way to 113-95 decisive victory, in an arena that they never have had much luck. The Nuggets out assisted, outrebounded, and frankly just beat up the Jazz for a good majority of this game. Gallo led Denver with 21 points, Faried had a double-double, and a big shout out to Evan Fournier aka “The French Express”, as he had 18 points for his second straight game with a double figure game.
Now Denver(51-24) will head home for a quick turnaround when they host another team in the Dallas Mavericks who are fighting for that precious 8 th seed tomorrow at the Pepsi Center.