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Nuggets rout Jazz as Utah loses for first time in six games
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during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Mo Williamsdrives past Denver's Kosta Koufos during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Derrick Favors guards Denver's Kenneth Faried during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Paul Millsap scores during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah head coach Tyron Corbin looks back at his players during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah head coach Tyron Corbin argues with the ref during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Marvin Williams slams the ball during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Paul Millsap tries to pass out of trouble during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) tries to get by Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots overDenver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Randy Foye pleads his case with the ref during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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The Denver bench celebrates a three-pointer during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) shoots overUtah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Denver Nuggets small forward Corey Brewer (13) tries to get past Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Denver Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier (94) goes to the hoop, as Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Denver Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier (94) guards Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Denver Nuggets small forward Corey Brewer (13) shoots over Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20)  in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) shoots over Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) tries to keep the ball from Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9),  in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) has the ball knocked away from him by Denver Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier (94), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends, as Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) gets off a shot for 2 points, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends, as Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) gets off a shot for 2 points, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Denver's Andre Miller led the Nuggets to a victory over the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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The Jazz starters wait to get back into the game during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Denver's Andre Miller shoots over Utah's Mo Williams during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Denver's Andre Miller drives past Utah's Mo Williams during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Mo Williams grabs a loose ball during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Denver's Andre Miller led the Nuggets to a victory over the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah's Marvin Williams watches from the bench as the Nuggets open up a lead during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah head coach Tyron Corbin lowers his head as the Nuggets open a big lead during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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The Nuggets bench celebrate a three-pointer during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) takes the ball inside, as Denver Nuggets shooting guard Wilson Chandler (21) defends, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) tries to keep the ball from Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9),  in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
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Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)  


The Jazz starters wait to get back into the game during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Utah's Randy Foye pleads his case with the ref during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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Denver's Andre Miller shoots over Utah's Mo Williams during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Denver Nuggets basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013.

The boos started Wednesday midway through the fourth quarter, when a beaten-down Jazz team missed yet another jump shot and Danilo Gallinari followed with a 3 to give the Nuggets an 18-point lead, then their largest of the night.

The hisses continued through the final 6 minutes, heightening with each turnover and missed shot, every Nuggets basket that looked uncontested. Finally, from the 19,654 packed into EnergySolutions Arena, those boos grew into one collective moan as the final seconds dripped away from a 113-96 loss that moved the Jazz back outside the playoff picture.

“That’s whatever it is,” coach Tyrone Corbin said of the fan reaction to the Jazz’s first loss in six games. “If you play this game long enough, that stuff will never surprise you.”

But long careers do not cast low expectations. His team’s performance, Corbin acknowledged, was disappointing. It was, in fact, a surprise. The Utah Jazz (39-37) entered Wednesday’s game winners of their last five, looking to continue the streak against a team that, yes, had beaten the Jazz three times previous, but was without starting point guard Ty Lawson.

The Jazz were outperformed in nearly every facet, succumbing to Denver’s trapping defense, failing to get back in transition. The Nuggets (51-24) shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, while the Jazz settled for long jump shots.

“They just made shots and attacked,” Al Jefferson said. “I think we settled for too many jumpers and we got caught up in their game and they made us pay for it.”

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Randy Foye was equally frustrated.

“When you watch film on them it seems like they’re not playing defense or they’re just letting guys run through and switching everything,” he said. “They do a good job of mucking everything up.”

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 18 points, while Jefferson and Paul Millsap added 16 apiece. Marvin Williams scored 10 points off the bench, but was responsible for at least one killer turnover, when he bobbled a pass that likely would have led to a basket and cut Denver’s lead to 8. Instead, the Nuggets took advantage of the bonus possession when Corey Brewer sunk a 3 to increase Denver’s lead to 79-66.

Where Mo Williams and Foye had been electric from behind the arc in the team’s last two wins, over Portland and Brooklyn, the starting backcourt finished just 4 of 21 from the field and 2 of 11 from 3.

Foye had made 11 of his last 15 3-point attempts over two games.

“They did a good job of packing the paint in,” Foye said. “Big Al [Jefferson] kicked the ball out and shots that we usually make for the last eight, nine games now, tonight we just didn’t knock them down.”

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At a glance

Highlights

O The Jazz are outscored 57-45 in the second half and have a five-game winning streak snapped.

» The Jazz fall half a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth place in the Western Conference.

» Former Jazz center Kosta Koufos finishes with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Nuggets 113, Jazz 96

FG FT Reb

Denver Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Gallinari 32:41 6-10 7-8 2-4 3 1 21

Faried 25:41 8-10 3-5 3-8 0 2 19

Koufos 23:37 1-2 0-0 2-13 0 2 2

AMiller 26:32 6-12 0-0 0-2 6 2 13

Iguodala 31:32 4-10 1-4 0-0 6 2 10

Brewer 27:33 4-7 5-6 0-3 2 2 14

McGee 18:29 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 2

Chandler 25:27 4-10 1-2 0-4 3 3 10

Fournier 21:28 7-9 3-3 0-2 2 3 18

Randolph 2:44 0-0 4-4 0-1 0 0 4

Mozgov 2:14 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0

QMiller 1:01 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Hamilton 1:01 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 41-73 24-32 8-42 22 19 113

Percentages: FG .562, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Gallinari 2-4, A.Miller 1-1, Fournier 1-2, Brewer 1-3, Chandler 1-4, Iguodala 1-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Chandler 2, Faried 2, McGee 2, Iguodala, Koufos). Turnovers: 14 (Gallinari 3, Iguodala 3, Faried 2, McGee 2, Brewer, Fournier, Q.Miller, Randolph). Steals: 7 (Fournier 3, Iguodala 2, Brewer, A.Miller). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Hayward 30:33 7-13 1-2 0-1 2 3 18

Millsap 31:02 6-12 4-4 1-3 2 0 16

Jefferson 36:12 7-11 2-4 1-9 3 3 16

M Wilms 32:21 2-12 0-0 2-5 7 1 4

Foye 26:51 2-9 1-2 0-2 1 3 7

Favors 28:05 3-8 2-2 1-6 1 3 8

MaWilms 22:13 5-7 0-0 2-2 3 3 10

Burks 18:19 3-6 2-4 0-2 2 2 8

Tinsley 5:09 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 5

Watson 3:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0

Carroll 3:05 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2

Evans 3:05 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 2 2

Totals 240:00 39-84 12-18 8-33 25 21 96

Percentages: FG .464, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Hayward 3-6, Foye 2-8, Tinsley 1-2, Ma.Williams 0-1, M. Williams 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 10 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Burks, Favors, Jefferson, Ma.Williams). Turnovers: 9 (Tinsley 2, Ma.Williams 2, Favors, Foye, Jefferson, Millsap, M. Williams). Steals: 7 (Burks 2, Evans, Foye, Hayward, Jefferson, M. Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

Denver 28 28 25 32 — 113

Utah 23 28 17 28 — 96

Attendance » 19,654

Time » 2:06.

Officials » Bill Spooner, Gary Zielinski, Tre Maddox.

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