Jazz 103, Nuggets 93

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Guard Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, center Derrick Favors had 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 103-93 on Friday night.
Forward Richard Jefferson scored 14 points for the Jazz, who led most of the way.
Forwards Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton had 17 points apiece for the Nuggets, who had their six-game home winning streak snapped.
It was also Denver's third loss at Pepsi Center this year, matching its total from all of last season.
The Nuggets appeared to take control when they went on a 26-8 run to end the third and wipe out a double-digit Utah lead.
Denver tried to pull away after taking a four-point lead early in the fourth but Utah responded. Hayward and forward Richard Jefferson had three-point plays, and Favors' putback gave the Jazz a 94-89 lead.
Two free throws by guard Andre Miller cut it to 96-93, but Favors' three-point play made it a six-point game and the Jazz closed it out.
Nuggets guard Ty Lawson went scoreless in his first game back in a week.
Utah led by nine at halftime and quickly increased it to 16 in the third quarter. Jefferson hit a 3-pointer and a running jumper before feeding Favors for a dunk to make it 65-49 with 3:20 gone in the period.
Denver came storming back in the next six minutes. Hamilton had a trailing 3-pointer, forward Darrell Arthur a dunk and then Hamilton gave the Nuggets a 70-69 lead with a fall-away, floating jumper.
It was the Nuggets' first lead since 4-3.
Denver led 75-73 heading into the fourth after Hamilton's three-point play with 1.6 seconds left in the third.
The Jazz started the game by hitting their first four 3-pointers and six of their first shots overall. They built an early 10-point lead but saw the Nuggets cut it to one midway through the second period.
Hayward helped Utah get some separation late in the period. He hit four free throws, sank a 20-footer and fed Favors for a dunk as the Jazz went on a 14-6 run to end the half with a 53-44 lead.
NOTES: Nuggets G Ty Lawson returned to the lineup after missing the last week with a strained left hamstring. Lawson, the team's leading scorer at 19.3 points a game, missed the last two games of Denver's six-game Eastern Conference road trip. ... Entering Friday, the Jazz have gone 4-6 since starting the season 1-13. ... Before the game, the Nuggets had a moment to acknowledge the people impacted by the shooting at Arapahoe High School in nearby Littleton. ... The Jazz came into Friday's game ranked first in the NBA in 3-point shooting in December at 45.5 percent (40-for-88). ... Denver's 75 points in Monday's 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards were the fewest in a win since beating Dallas 75-71 on April 6, 2007.

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