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Final thoughts: Jazz 103, Denver 93

Denver • Jazz coach Ty Corbin walked out for his post-game interview and asked for a final box score.

"I just want to see that W," he said and smiled. "That's all I care about."

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These are strange time in Jazzland.

Utah has won back-to-back games for the second time this year, the first time they've done it on the road. They're 5-5 over their last 10 games. Four of those losses, by the way, came with Marvin Williams out with an injury and Utah also missed Derrick Favors for two of those.

A couple of things from tonight:

• Utah's starting backcourt outscored Denver's starting duo of Ty Lawson and Randy Foye 40-0.

"That's the whole team," Gordon Hayward, who had 30 of those points for the Jazz, said of the defensive effort. "That's everybody. Especially on a guy like Ty who can get in the lane and really create for himself an others. What a team effort. That might not happen the rest of the season for them so that was huge for us."

Lawson was also coming off a hamstring injury that kept him out of Denver's previous two games and Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said it showed.

"He just looked rusty," Shaw said. "I don't think he's injured. I don' think he trusted his speed. I don't think he ever got to fifth gear at all. I was just trying to stay with him and hope that he got to a point where he did something positive and got something to go for him to help his confidence. He seemed a little reluctant to attack."

• Shaw, meanwhile, blamed himself for letting the Jazz take over in the fourth.

"It was probably my fault at that point," the first-year head coach said. "… I saw us kind of starting to sputter out. Timofey [Mozgov] was tired; he had been in there for a while. Nate [Robinson] was tired and I probably should have used a timeout then. I was trying to get to that TV timeout without having to use mine. We had about two or three bad possessions in a row where we got absolutely nothing and I think that kind of turned the tide."

• Hayward had 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. For what it's worth, the four other players who have hit or exceeded those numbers in a game this season: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and LeBron James.

• Trey Burke didn't shoot well tonight. He was just 3 of 12 from the floor. But he had six points in the fourth to finish with 10 points and 10 assists, the second double-double of his career.

• While the Nuggets went just 14 of 24 from the free throw line, the Jazz hit 19 of their 20 attempts.

• The Jazz victory snapped Denver's six-game home winning streak.

— Aaron Falk



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