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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) hugs Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6), as the Jazz lead the game by 2 points with 4.3 seconds left, Utah defeated Denver 105-103 in Salt Lake City, Monday, November 26, 2012. Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is on the right.
NBA: Jefferson, Jazz rally to defeat Nuggets
First Published Nov 26 2012 06:16 pm • Last Updated Dec 01 2012 05:41 pm

Al Jefferson scored 28 points and Derrick Favors made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 41.5 seconds as the Utah Jazz rallied for a 105-103 win over Denver on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Nuggets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, had a chance to tie on their final possession. But point guard Ty Lawson dribbled away the final 3.6 seconds and the Jazz escaped.

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Favors finished with 19 points and Jamaal Tinsley added 15 as Utah improved to 6-0 at home.

The Jazz opened the game by committing five turnovers in the first five minutes.

Still, Denver owned only a 12-8 lead before defenseless Utah allowed the Nuggets to convert 11 of their final 14 possessions.

Despite eight points on 4-for-4 shooting by Jefferson, the Jazz trailed at the end of the first quarter, 35-24.

Utah fought back early in the second quarter and closed within four, 45-41, on a basket by Favors with seven minutes left.

Denver quickly counter-attacked, however, and Danilo Gallinari’s uncontested three-pointer from the corner triggered a 12-3 run, which included back-to-back dunks by Andre Iguodala and Kenneth Faried.

The Nuggets eventually took a 65-54 lead at halftime. JaVale McGee and Faried scored 10 points each to lead Denver, which shot 73 percent.

Denver still owned a 67-55 lead with six minutes left in the third quarter. But Randy Foye and Marvin Williams each scored five points and the Jazz used a 14-0 run to get back into the game.


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It was 84-84 heading into the wild fourth quarter.



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