Nuggets 110, Jazz 91

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DENVER -- Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 26 points, Kenneth Faried had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets used a strong second half to rout the Utah Jazz 110-91 on Saturday night.

Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Kosta Koufas had 13 rebounds for Denver, which shook off a disappointing home loss to Minnesota on Thursday night.

Paul Millsap had 15 points and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench for Utah, which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

Denver started the second half on an 11-2 run to stretch a four-point lead to 60-47 early in the third quarter. Ty Lawson, who was back in the starting lineup, hit a 3-pointer and another bucket to spark the run.

Utah came right back, scoring the next eight points to cut it to 60-55, but the Nuggets kept stretching the advantage. Gallinari scored seven points and Faried had a layup and a dunk to make it 76-62 late in the third quarter.

The Jazz came back to cut it to eight late in the quarter and appeared to trim the lead to six with 18 seconds left, but Hayward was called for offensive goaltending on his fast-break dunk. Andre Miller drained a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to make it 83-72 heading into the fourth quarter and the lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the way.

Denver opened the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run to put it away. Midway through the quarter, coach George Karl emptied his bench with his team leading by 23.

The Nuggets trailed for most of the second quarter, but Gallinari's 12 points in the period kept it close. His driving dunk and free throw gave Denver a 44-42 lead with 2:33 left in the first half. Iguodala fed Faried for a dunk and then Iguodala hit three free throws in the final minute to help the Nuggets take a 49-45 lead at the break.

NOTES: Faried missed Saturday's morning shootaround because of illness but was well enough to start. ... Jazz center Enes Kanter missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. Kanter suffered the injury in Wednesday's win over Minnesota and did not play against Phoenix on Friday. .. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said second-year player Alec Burks, who has been playing point guard coming off the bench, is adjusting more quickly on offense than defense. "(It's) how to pressure, how to back off at times, how to create space or how to take them out of something that they are trying to get to," Corbin said. "There's a lot of responsibility on the defensive point guard. When you take a young guy like Alec or even a Randy (Foye) or Gordon (Hayward), point guards naturally, then it's a difficult adjustment at times." ... The Nuggets (22) and Jazz (21) have played the most road games in the NBA so far this season.
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