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NBA: Utah Jazz fall to Denver Nuggets 104-84
Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) drives to the basket as he runs into Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) power forward Derrick Favors (15) grab a rebound in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) drives past Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25), of Russia, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl talkst with referee Marc Davis (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) slams into Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Rocky the Mountain Lion, the Denver Nuggets mascot, repels from the rafters of the Pepsi Center before the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Xeaver Jones sings the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Denver • As it turned out, the Jazz’s ailments weren’t confined to Al Jefferson’s midsection.

With their most consistent player battling residuals of a stomach virus, the Jazz played their worst quarter of the season, and as a result suffered their most lopsided defeat, falling 104-84 to the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

They led 27-26 at the end of the first quarter, but did not score a field goal in the final 8:25 of the second quarter, allowing the Nuggets to go on a 21-4 run and take a 53-38 lead into halftime.

“We’ve got to keep our composure a little bit more,” guard Gordon Hayward said. “Slow it down a little bit, make sure we get a good shot. We were turning the ball over too much, that’s what propelled them.”

Turnovers fed Nugget baskets, which were greeted on the other end by Jazz jump shots, and the second quarter became a self-fulfilling prophecy for the listless Jazz.

“Usually we try and go inside to try and get something close to the basket,” coach Tyrone Corbin said. “But for whatever reason tonight we kept shooting jump shots; we didn’t get anything attacking the baskets.”

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Playing on the front end of a back-to-back series before Saturday’s game against Phoenix, the Jazz were just 4 of 23 on 3-pointers, and did not make one until Hayward connected midway through the third quarter.

“A lot of us struggled to shoot it tonight, man,” Marvin Williams said. “Guys that normally make shots, including myself, not making shots that we normally make.”

Williams was 2 of 7 from the floor, and was held to five points.

Five players did reach double digits for the Jazz, led by 15 points from Hayward, but on the whole they could not match the intensity of Denver’s Kenneth Faried, the hot shooting of Corey Brewer or — get this — the interior presence of former Jazz center Kosta Koufos.

The loss dropped the Jazz (2-4) to 0-4 on the road, with only Saturday’s home game against Phoenix before a mammoth four-game East Coast road trip next week.

“We’ve got to figure out this road thing,” Hayward said.

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At a glance

Nuggets 104, Jazz 84

The Jazz shoot 36.8 percent and make only 4-of-23 3-point attempts in their worst loss of the season.

» Former Jazz center Kosta Koufos scores 15 points and grabs nine rebounds for Denver.

» Point guard Mo Williams leaves the game in third quarter with strained adductor and does not return.

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