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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)
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As the loss dropped Utah to 17-18 this season, Corbin was clearly upset by the call.

“I thought it was big,” he said. “Right there, it’s a six-point ball game going into the fourth quarter. But instead of us getting a basket, they come down and score. ... That’s a big play.”

Had the call been explained to him?

“They said he held onto the rim,” Corbin said. “I thought, if a guy hits you going to the basket, you have a right to brace yourself. And [Hayward] grabbed the rim so he wouldn’t flip. But they didn’t see it that way so ...”

Hayward didn’t understand the ruling, either.

“I think, for whatever reason, [the official] thought me hanging on the rim caused the ball to go in,” he said. “So I guess you have to live with that and move on to the next play.”

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After Miller’s 3-pointer, Denver opened the fourth quarter with a dominating 19-6 run. Hayward, in fact, was the only Jazz player to score in the first seven minutes.

“You have to give them credit,” he said. “They knocked down some shots, and we gave them way too many good looks in the paint. We let them get a rhythm going at the free-throw line as well. We just have to be better.”

Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 15 points. Hayward finished with 13.

Utah’s defense, however, was problematic.

The Nuggets shot 51.3 percent for the game, worked their way to the free-throw line 39 times and scored 61 points in the second half.

“I didn’t think we had energy tonight,” Corbin said. “We couldn’t keep guys in front of us from any position. We just struggled. We have to get better. This wasn’t one of our better performances.”

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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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