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Boozer converted a three-point play to put Utah up 74-54 with 5:40 left in the third, capping a 13-3 run. Anthony got in a layup just before the buzzer to get Denver within 86-68 entering the fourth quarter.
Williams had 11 points and six assists at halftime and led a 10-2 run in the second quarter after Denver had pulled within three. He converted a three-point play during the spurt, driving the length of the court and drawing a foul on a layup while the Nuggets scrambled to get back, then hit a 3-pointer when Denver's defense failed again.
Nene bit hard on a head fake when Williams made a half step toward the basket, then Williams backed off behind the arc for a 3-pointer that put the Jazz up 54-43 with 2:30 left in the second quarter.
NOTES: Denver opened the game on a 10-2 run. ... The only member of the Nuggets not booed loudly during introductions was acting coach Adrian Dantley, the former Jazz player whose No. 4 was retired by the team. ... After committing 10 turnovers in the second quarter, Utah had one in the third period.
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