He even warned them that if it were a "half-court, walk-it-up game"
then, well, "Advantage Utah."
Forward Derrick Favors amassed 16 points, 11 rebounds and six
blocks, and the Jazz indeed kept the pace in their favor while
increasing their season-high winning streak to four games with an
"We came out the whole game and was pretty flat. We didn't have a
lot of energy," Favors said. "I just had to do something. I didn't
have it going offensively, so I just took it upon myself to just try
to provide some energy anyway I can. It came with the blocks. It got
my team hyped. It got the gym, the audience going, and it helped us
win the game."
It wasn't just his blocks that helped Utah, which had a season-high
10 swats. After missing his first six jumpers, Favors hit a key
mid-range shot and free throw to give the Jazz a late five-point
The sixth-year player then made a hustle play, saving the ball to a
teammate after a missed Utah shot with seven seconds remaining.
Small forward Gordon Hayward followed Favors' nice play with two
free throws to put the Jazz up by four, all but clinching the win
with 5.5 seconds remaining.
Hayward finished with 16 points and five assists for the Jazz
"He passed up one there at the end, and I told him, 'You better
shoot that one if (you get) it again,' and the very next possession
he shoots it and makes it," Hayward said of Favors. "It was a big
shot, a big-time shot. We've got to be able to have him do that."
Forward Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 24 points for Nuggets,
who had some momentum coming into this one after snapping the
Toronto Raptors' 11-game winning streak.
However, the Nuggets only shot 37.1 percent, including 4-for-18 from
"There is something about that team. We just can't beat them,"
Malone said of the Jazz. "We are 0-3 against these guys, and they
are a good team. They play hard, but to win close games on the road
-- execution, valuing the ball and rebounding -- and we didn't have
Utah hit 44.6 percent from the field but also struggled from long
distance, hitting only five of 22 treys.
Denver, which has been held in the 80s in three losses to Utah this
season, managed only 35 points in the second half.
Forward Kenneth Faried scored 14, guard Will Barton added 10 points
and 10 rebounds, and guard Gary Harris chipped in 11 points for
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"We had a good first half," said Harris, whose team led 46-40 at the
break. "They came out and played hard in the second half. We just
couldn't make enough shots to win the game."
Utah center Rudy Gobert scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Guard Raul Neto added 10 points, four assists and four rebounds, and
guard Rodney Hood and forward Trevor Booker each scored eight for
the victorious Jazz.
This was the sixth consecutive game in which the Jazz held an
opponent to under 100 points. Utah improved to 19-6 when its foes
didn't reach the century mark in scoring.
"I'm thrilled that we've won four in a row," Jazz coach Quin Snyder
said. "I want us to stay steady and consistent because in this
league we could lose the next four."
NOTES: Jazz rookie Trey Lyles was named to the Rising Stars
Challenge roster on Wednesday. The Canadian forward, who will play
for the World team, is replacing injured Bulls F Nikola Mirotic. ...
Lyles joins two Utah teammates in the annual rookie-sophomore game
-- Gs Rodney Hood (U.S.) and Raul Neto (World). The Jazz and
Minnesota are the only two teams with three players in the All-Star
Saturday game. ... Utah recalled rookie Tibor Pleiss from the Idaho
Stampede. The 7-foot-3 center has now completed two D-League
assignments this season. ... Denver coach Michael Malone pointed out
that the Jazz's record is 1-18 when their opponent scores 100 points
or more. Regarding pace of play, Malone said, "Now it's not just
about running up and down, being wild. You have to be disciplined
within that to work for the best shots and value the ball. ... G
Jameer Nelson (wrist) and F Wilson Chandler (hip) did not dress for
the Nuggets. The Jazz were without G Dante Exum (knee) and G Alec
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