Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Saturday, November 6th
Game 2: Monday, November 8th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 8th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th

Nuggets 91

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Jazz 102

(4-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FSRM

7:00 PM ET, November 8, 2004

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 29 12 20 3091
UTAH 27 29 24 22102

Top Performers

Den: K. Martin 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

UTAH: A. Kirilenko 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 5 Blk

Kirilenko leads way with 24 points

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz are off to their highest-scoring start in nearly a decade.

The Jazz improved to 4-0 Monday night with a 102-91 win over the Denver Nuggets, sweeping the home-and-home series and topping 100 points for the fourth time this season. Utah hadn't opened with four straight 100-point games since 1995-96, when the Jazz topped 100 five times during a 4-1 start.

"I'm not worried about that. I'm just worried about winning," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "But from a fan standpoint, I wouldn't mind getting five or six."

Andrei Kirilenko led the Jazz with 24 points to go with five blocks, four assists and steals, and six rebounds.

Mehmet Okur had his best game since joining Utah with 12 points and nine rebounds, Jarron Collins scored 12 and Raja Bell added 17 points in a reserve role.

"We get the loose balls. We grab every rebound. We play like a team," said Okur, who signed last summer as a free agent. "We play together. We play smart."

Utah went 1-3 against the Nuggets last season and was edged out by them for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"We've been doing some good things. I don't think we're as good as we're going to be, but people are starting to really feel their way around the team," Bell said.

Denver fell to 1-3 after struggling again from the floor. The Nuggets shot 42 percent, their best performance of the young season.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 17 points and eight rebounds. He scored 12 points in the final period as Denver tried to come back after falling behind by as much as 22.

"We let those guys get that cushion and we were never able to catch up," Marcus Camby said.

Earl Boykins added 13 points, and Andre Miller and Greg Buckner scored 11 apiece for Denver. Kenyon Martin finished with 14 points, but had only two in the second half. The Nuggets play again Wednesday night against Seattle at home, where they were booed off the court Saturday during a 106-82 loss to the Jazz.

"We've got to get our fans back. When your own fans boo you, that's bad right there," Anthony said.

The Jazz continued to win by shooting better than 50 percent. Utah was shooting 53 percent entering the game and went 36-for-71 Monday.

The game wasn't as much of a rout as Saturday, when the Nuggets came out slow and never got going.

"Last game they didn't want to play," Kirilenko said. "Tonight, it's another business."

Utah led 56-41 at halftime after Keith McLeod hit a running jumper just before the buzzer. The Jazz picked up the pace after the break with an alley-oop from McLeod to Kirilenko during a 7-0 run. Denver didn't get a field goal in the third period until Greg Buckner's three-point play 3:02 into the quarter.

The Nuggets took advantage of some sloppy play in the fourth quarter and slowly chipped away. Boykins hit a short jumper later in the quarter, then found Camby with a pass underneath for a dunk that cut the margin to 86-76. But Utah answered with a 15-footer from Bell and a layup by Kirilenko with about five minutes left.

The Nuggets didn't get closer than 11 again until Bryon Russell's jumper cut it to 98-89 with about 1:20 remaining.

Game notes

The Nuggets were just 5-for-18 and were outscored 29-12 in the second quarter. ... Miller, a former All-American at the University of Utah, was the only Nuggets player who was cheered during introductions.


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Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 102
FGM-FGA 30-71 (.423) 36-71 (.507)
3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 6-14 (.429)
FTM-FTA 26-38 (.684) 24-32 (.750)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-36 10-43
Assists 17 22
Turnovers 13 14
Steals 9 7
Blocks 4 9
Fast Break Points 5 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 26 (1/0)

Top Performers

Kenyon Martin Martin
Points: 14
Reb: 4
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
Points: 24
Reb: 6
Ast: 4
Stl: 4
Blk: 5