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Utah Jazz blown out by Denver Nuggets, 110-91
Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) and Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) fight for a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) dunks over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) dunks over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, left, from Italy, is fouled by Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) and Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) fight for a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin reacts to a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) and Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos go after a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, right, and Denver Nuggets forward Corey Brewer reach for a loose ball during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) goes up for a shot against Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, left, from Italy, chest-bumps teammate Andre Iguodala during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz,  Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz guard Randy Foye (8) is fouled by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley chases a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
From left to right, Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley and Paul Millsap look on in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. Denver defeated Utah 110-91. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin  reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. Denver defeated Utah 110-91.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) from Italy drives past Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver. Denver defeated Utah 110-91.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets point guard Julyan Stone smiles during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Denver.  Denver beat Utah 110-91. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver • Gordon Hayward didn’t take a great fall Saturday night, but the Utah Jazz certainly did.

Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and Andre Iguodala added 18 as the Denver Nuggets broke open a close game in the final 12 minutes and rolled to a 110-91 victory over Utah.

The Jazz shot only 35.9 percent and were outplayed by Denver, particularly in the second half.

“They had a lot more energy and pace than we did,” coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Still, the Jazz wondered what might have happened if a curious play involving Hayward at the end of the third quarter had been called differently.

Trailing 80-72, Utah regained possession on a Denver turnover.

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Derrick Favors fed Hayward, who attacked the basket and dunked despite heavy pressure from the Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried.

Just as the Jazz thought they had pulled within six points, however, official Bennie Adams called Hayward for hanging on the rim.

The offensive interference ruling nullified the basket and gave the ball back to Denver, which used a 3-pointer by Andre Miller with one second left in the quarter to build an 83-72 lead.

The way the Nuggets dominated the fourth quarter, it’s likely they would have won the game, even without the benefit of the Hayward call.

The Jazz, however, wish they would have gotten a chance to play from six points down instead of 11.

“I knew someone was going to come and try to block it,” Hayward said. “I thought there was going to be some contact, and I thought there was. That’s why I hung onto the rim. I didn’t want to get undercut or anything.”

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At a glance

Storylines Nuggets 110, Jazz 91

Danilo Gallinari scores 26 points to lead Denver.

» The Nuggets break open the game with a 19-6 run in the fourth quarter.

» The Jazz allow 61 points in the second half.

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