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.
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.”« Previous Page