Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/28

Game 1: Friday, October 28th

Nuggets 89

(7-1, 4-0 away)

Jazz 83

(2-5, 0-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 28, 2005

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 26 23 16 2489
    UTAH 21 20 14 2883

    With win over Jazz, Nuggets finish preseason 7-1

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets didn't have coach George Karl, forward Kenyon Martin or center Marcus Camby in their final preseason game against the Utah Jazz.

    It didn't matter.

    Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to an 89-83 win over the Utah Jazz Friday night.

    Voshon Lenard added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who went 7-1 in the exhibition season. Andre Miller was the only other Denver player in double figures, finishing with 15 points, to go along with six rebounds and five assists. The Nuggets had to hang on for the win after building a 14-point lead late in the third quarter. The Jazz crept to within three in the fourth, and were within four with a minute and a half to play.

    But Anthony scored six points in the final 90 seconds, including going 4-for-4 from the free throw line, to help put the game away.

    "Every team makes runs," Anthony said. "Utah is a team that every time we play them they always play us physical and hard. They always make a couple of runs every game. We just kept our composure toward the end and closed it out."

    Mehmet Okur led the Jazz with 19 points, including 11 in the first quarter. Rookie point guard Deron Williams added 12 points and seven assists. The Jazz fell to 2-5 in the preseason, including an 0-2 record at home. They committed 26 turnovers on the night, compared with 20 by the Nuggets.

    "Tonight we made too many turnovers," Jazz forward Andre Kirilenko said. "When you make more than 20 turnovers against anybody you will have a tough time winning. I think once we get rid of the basic mistakes we should be OK, we just need to be more focused."

    For the second straight game, the Nuggets were coached by assistant Scott Brooks, who was filling in for coach George Karl. While Karl was only suspended for the first two regular season games, he had Brooks coach the final two preseason games to get oriented.

    "It is good because he becomes familiar with the players," guard Earl Boykins said. "We are trying to get a rotation for the regular season."

    Jazz center Greg Ostertag finished with three points and seven rebounds in his first home game appearance since being reacquired by Utah in the offseason.

    Forward Carlos Boozer did not play due to a strained left hamstring, and has not suited up for any of Utah's preseason games. Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin (sore left knee) did not play for the second straight game. Center Marcus Camby (sprained left foot) missed his sixth preseason game.

    Denver will open up its regular season at San Antonio on Tuesday, while the Jazz start the season at home against Dallas on Wednesday.

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