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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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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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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.
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The Jazz shot 46.4 percent from the field, but couldn’t keep up with a Denver team that finished the game shooting at a 56.2 percent clip.

Despite the absence of Lawson, the Nuggets moved the ball quicker than the Jazz were able to go. With former University of Utah point guard Andre Miller guiding the offense, Denver outscored the Jazz 58-40 in the paint, and only 4 of those were scored by Denver’s centers.

“They run on everything,” Corbin said. “Not just turnovers. They run on makes, misses, everything. Anytime they can get their hands on the ball, they want to go at pace.”

Miller finished with 13 points and six assists while former Jazz center Kosta Koufos led both teams with 13 rebounds.

“We didn’t want to lose that way,” Foye said. “We didn’t want to lose at all. They’re a good team, the No. 3 team in the West. They played really well.”

The loss dropped the Jazz to half a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth in the Western Conference chase after the Lakers earned a 20-point victory over Dallas on Tuesday.

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This position is similar to the one the Jazz faced in 2012, when they needed to win their final five games to sneak into the playoffs. Last spring, Jefferson said the Jazz couldn’t ride the wave of emotion that comes with each win or loss.

He stuck by that Wednesday.

“Worked for us last year,” he said. “Don’t see why it wouldn’t be the same this year.”

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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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