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