Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/28

Game 1: Wednesday, October 28th
Jazz105Final
Nuggets114
Game 2: Saturday, January 2nd
Nuggets105Final
Jazz95
Game 3: Sunday, January 17th
Jazz112Final
Nuggets119
Game 4: Saturday, February 6th
Nuggets106Final
Jazz116

Nuggets 106

(34-17, 12-13 away)

Jazz 116

(31-18, 22-6 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    9:00 PM ET, February 6, 2010

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 28 27 31 20106
    UTAH 38 28 27 23116

    Top Performers

    Den: T. Lawson 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kirilenko scores 22 as Jazz grab eighth straight victory

    Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz already blew one chance to gain on Denver when the Nuggets were without their two top players.

    When the Nuggets showed up short-handed again, Utah was able to take advantage.

    Andrei Kirilenko scored 22 points and Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Jazz increased their winning streak to eight with a 116-106 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.

    "As a team we're playing really great basketball right now. This is the basketball we're supposed to play," said Kirilenko, who also had five steals.

    Utah had a huge edge from the start when the Nuggets said All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups would not play because of sprained ankles. Denver had also just beaten the Lakers the night before in Los Angeles while the Jazz had been off since Wednesday.

    The Jazz caught the weary Nuggets early with 38 points in the first quarter, then held on for the victory and pulled within two games of Denver in the Northwest Division.

    "It's huge. We've got a chance to get the second [playoff] seed," said Boozer, who had missed three straight with a strained right calf. "If we can maintain our streak, we have a chance to get it maybe even before the All-Star break gets here."

    Even without their top two players, the Nuggets were able to cut a 17-point deficit to three early in the fourth quarter before Utah put the game away.

    "I thought we kept fighting and fighting. We didn't have a lot of things go our way," Denver coach George Karl said. "We're banged up. We need a couple of days off."

    Deron Williams added 22 points, nine assists and three blocks for the Jazz.

    Ty Lawson led Denver with 25 points.

    Anthony and Billups, who scored a career-high 39 the night before in a win over the Lakers in Los Angeles, were both out with sprained ankles. It was the eighth game in a row without Anthony, who averages nearly 30 points per game.

    The Nuggets also rested Billups and still were able to hang with the Jazz until late in the game.

    "We all played hard, especially when we made our adjustments after the first half," Lawson said. "We've just got to keep winning and make sure we hold our spot."

    J.R. Smith scored 19 and Kenyon Martin had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Denver. Joey Graham also scored 16 and Chris Andersen 15.

    The Nuggets were without Anthony and Billups when they played here on Jan. 2 and still won 105-95, but on Saturday, Denver couldn't overcome 20 turnovers, which led to 22 points as the Jazz extended their winning streak and drew another game closer to Denver for first place in the division.

    "You look out there and see they don't have Billups and they don't have Carmelo Anthony, so we should have won real easily probably," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "But they beat us here with those two guys out the last time we played them and that shows you how strong their team is."

    Boozer and Kirilenko went 8 for 11 from the floor. Paul Millsap had 16 points and six rebounds and C.J. Miles scored 12 for Utah.

    The Nuggets got back in it with a 12-3 run late in the third quarter, including two three-point plays by Chris Andersen. Utah led 93-86 entering the fourth and Denver continued to push. Malik Allen scored right away, then Anthony Carter drove for a layup to cut it to 93-90 a minute into the final period.

    But the Jazz regrouped and slowly rebuilt the lead back to double-figures and held on for their first win over the Nuggets this season.

    Game notes


    The Nuggets have never swept a season series against the Jazz. ... Millsap fouled out with 4:26 left in the game. ... The Jazz were 23 of 41 in the first half (56 percent). ... Graham was called for a flagrant foul on Ronnie Brewer with 8 minutes left in the third quarter. ... Brewer finished with eight assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    UTAH
    Points 106 116
    FGM-FGA 37-83 (.446) 40-81 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 5-17 (.294)
    FTM-FTA 28-34 (.824) 31-40 (.775)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-39 11-38
    Assists 14 27
    Turnovers 20 13
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 14 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/1) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 18

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Utah
    Ty Lawson Lawson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 1