Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/20

Game 1: Friday, January 20th
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Nuggets113
Game 2: Wednesday, February 1st
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Game 3: Wednesday, March 29th
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Nuggets104
Game 4: Wednesday, April 12th
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Jazz 83

(20-20, 11-11 away)

Nuggets 113

(22-19, 14-8 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, January 20, 2006

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 16 22 20 2583
    DEN 23 36 24 30113

    Top Performers

    Utah: D. Brown 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Denver: C. Anthony 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    'Melo, Nuggets rout Jazz, increase division lead

    DENVER (AP) -- The Utah Jazz knew what was coming and still couldn't stop the Denver Nuggets.

    "We saw film of how that team ran after turnovers and missed shots from the perimeter," Jazz forward Mehmet Okur said. "We still took and missed too many shots from outside and watched them get layups and dunk on us at the other end."

    Carmelo Anthony continued his surge with 31 points and Denver beat the Jazz 113-83 on Friday night for its fourth straight win.

    "That is one of those most disappointing games that I've been involved in," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "And for a game with this much significance."

    The Jazz were beaten in almost every category, including 27-17 on fastbreak points and 50-40 on points in the paint, falling 1½ games behind Denver in the Northwest Division.

    Devin Brown scored 23 points and Andrei Kirilenko had 11 for Utah, which has lost three of its last four.

    Kenyon Martin had 16 points and six rebounds and Andre Miller added 13 points for the Nuggets, who placed six players in double figures.

    "That was the best that we have played both defensively and offensively," Denver coach George Karl said.

    Anthony connected on 11 of 22 shots from the field and nine of 10 free throws. He is averaging 31.3 points in his last four games.

    "We knew that it was a division game and we wanted to win it and we showed that," said Anthony, who had five dunks by himself.

    Gordan Giricek hit two jumpers in a 6-0 run for Utah at the start of the second half that cut the lead to 59-44. But Denver went to its running game and Martin and Anthony had dunks in an 11-0 run that stretched the lead to 26 points.

    Denver took an 83-58 lead into the fourth quarter on Greg Buckner's 3-pointer in the last minute of the period.

    Anthony hit his first shot of the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer, and had two free throws before he left the game with 8:30 to play and Denver holding a 92-65 lead.

    "I didn't mind sitting out in the fourth at all," Anthony said. "We did a good job of holding a lead and we held their starters to just 29 points."

    Anthony had 12 points in the first quarter as Denver grabbed a 23-16 lead. Utah missed five layups and shot 29 percent in the first period.

    "We didn't have much for them," Sloan said. "It looked like we didn't belong." ^Notes@: Sloan coached his 1,600th game with the Jazz. ... Sloan and Denver assistant Doug Moe exchanged good-natured verbal jabs before the game. ... Karl said he wouldn't tamper with a starting lineup that had won three consecutive games leading up to Friday's game. ... Buckner played despite lingering effects of a sprained right wrist.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    DEN
    Points 83 113
    FGM-FGA 34-86 (.395) 40-80 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 2-8 (.250) 5-11 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 13-23 (.565) 28-36 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-44 12-45
    Assists 22 27
    Turnovers 17 9
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 10 12
    Fast Break Points 17 27
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 35

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Denver
    Devin Brown Brown
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 31
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2