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NBA DENVER 85 UTAH 93 0:45 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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DENVER (86) AT UTAH (97)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCDYESS F 16 5-11 0-0 0 7 7 1 4 0 1 10 STITH F 27 3-8 3-3 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 11 LAFRENTZ C 36 3-9 4-8 1 4 5 3 2 1 1 12 BILLUPS G 24 1-6 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 VAN EXEL G 36 7-19 3-4 2 2 4 8 3 1 3 19 ALEXANDER 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 CLARK 15 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 FORTSON 29 5-8 5-8 5 4 9 1 6 2 2 15 WASHINGTON 24 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 3 1 3 E WILLIAMS 18 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEELER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-76 19-28 11 22 33 17 22 8 12 86 (.382) (.679) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MALONE F 36 3-13 8-10 2 6 8 7 3 2 4 14 RUSSELL F 39 7-10 6-7 1 3 4 3 4 1 0 21 OSTERTAG C 24 3-8 0-0 1 7 8 0 4 0 1 6 HORNACEK G 31 7-11 5-5 0 3 3 3 2 1 1 19 STOCKTON G 27 4-9 1-1 1 3 4 5 0 1 2 9 ANDERSON 17 2-5 2-3 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 7 EISLEY 21 5-6 0-0 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 10 FOSTER 10 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 2 FULLER 20 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 8 KEEFE 15 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 4 1 BAILEY DNP - BRUISED HIP AVENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 23-28 10 32 42 23 23 6 17 97 (.486) (.821) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

DENVER 25 22 19 20 - 86 UTAH 25 21 29 22 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - CLARK 3, WASHINGTON 2, MCDYESS, FORTSON, LAFRENTZ. UTAH - FULLER 2, HORNACEK, KEEFE, STOCKTON, OSTERTAG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 9-22 (.409), STITH 2-5, LAFRENTZ 2-4, BILLUPS 1-2, VAN EXEL 2-5, ALEXANDER 1-3, WASHINGTON 1-3. UTAH 2-7 (.286), RUSSELL 1-3, HORNACEK 0-2, STOCKTON 0-1, ANDERSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MCDYESS 2 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH DANTONI, UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, BILL SPOONER, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,212. T - 2:16.


Box Score

DENVER (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 16 5-11 0-0 0-7 1 4 10 Stith 27 3-8 3-3 2-3 1 1 11 Lafrentz 36 3-9 4-8 1-5 3 2 12 Billups 24 1-6 2-2 0-0 0 1 5 Van Exel 36 7-19 3-4 2-4 8 3 19 Alexander 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 Clark 15 2-2 0-1 0-2 0 1 4 Fortson 29 5-8 5-8 5-9 1 6 15 Washington 24 1-6 0-0 1-1 2 2 3 E Williams 18 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 4 Meyer DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision Wheeler DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 19-28 11-33 17 22 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Stith 2-5, Lafrentz 2-4, Billups 1-2, Van Exel 2-5, Alexander 1-3, Washington 1-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Clark 3, Washington 2, Mcdyess, Fortson, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 12 (Van Exel 3, Fortson 2, Alexander, Billups, E Williams, Lafrentz, Mcdyess, Stith, Washington). Steals: 8 (Washington 3, Fortson 2, E Williams, Lafrentz, Van Exel).

UTAH (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 36 3-13 8-10 2-8 7 3 14 Russell 39 7-10 6-7 1-4 3 4 21 Ostertag 24 3-8 0-0 1-8 0 4 6 Hornacek 31 7-11 5-5 0-3 3 2 19 Stockton 27 4-9 1-1 1-4 5 0 9 Anderson 17 2-5 2-3 1-1 0 1 7 Eisley 21 5-6 0-0 1-2 4 1 10 Foster 10 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 3 2 Fuller 20 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 2 8 Keefe 15 0-3 1-2 1-4 1 3 1 Bailey DNP - bruised hip Avent DNP - coach's decision King DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 23-28 10-42 23 23 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Russell 1-3, Hornacek 0-2, Stockton 0-1, Anderson 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Fuller 2, Hornacek, Keefe, Stockton, Ostertag). Turnovers: 19 (Keefe 4, Malone 4, Anderson 2, Fuller 2, Stockton 2, Foster, Hornacek, Ostertag). Steals: 6 (Malone 2, Anderson, Hornacek, Russell, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 22 19 20 - 86 Utah 25 21 29 22 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 4 (Illegal Defense, 2:30 2nd; Mcdyess 2 (ejected), 7:54 3rd; Head Coach Dantoni, 7:54 3rd). Utah 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:16 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,212. T: 2:16. Officials: Jess Kersey, Bill Spooner, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The Utah Jazz would not be embarrassed in consecutive games.

Two days after being held to the second-lowest point total since the inception of the shot clock, the Jazz overcame a sluggish first half and defeated the lowly Denver Nuggets for the ninth straight time, 97-86.

Jeff Hornacek scored 13 of his 19 points in the decisive third quarter for Utah, which erased a one-point halftime deficit and bounced back from its first loss of the season. The Jazz were humbled at Seattle on Tuesday, 71-56.

Bryon Russell scored 21 points to lead Utah, which has not lost to the Nuggets since February 24, 1996.

"It was an ugly win, but it's a win and I would rather be out there winning ugly than to be looking pretty and lose," Russell said. "We're not where we want to be right now, but give us a couple of weeks and I'm sure we'll be where we need to be."

Nick Van Exel had 19 points and eight assists to lead Denver, which suffered its fourth straight loss and has dropped eight of nine games to open the season.

With the Jazz holding a slim 54-52 lead in the third quarter, the game turned. Denver's Antonio McDyess was called for a foul while going after a loose ball. He argued the call with referee Bill Spooner and was assessed two technical fouls and ejected. Coach Mike D'Antoni got involved in the argument and was also hit with a technical.

Hornacek converted all three free throws off the technicals and Russell hit two foul shots to give the Jazz a 59-52 advantage with 7:52 left in the quarter.

"You know the players would love to decide the game and that didn't happen," Van Exel said. "I told the refs, that's a big momentum change (three technicals and two foul shots) right there because we're supposed to be the ones to decide the game. We give them five free throws and that took us right out of the game."

After Danny Fortson, who scored 15 points, hit 1-of-2 free throws to bring the Nuggets within 63-59, Hornacek took over. He scored the next 10 points for the Jazz to give them a 73-64 cushion with 1:21 left in the period.

Hornacek, who missed the loss at Seattle due to a death of a friend, hit 7-of-11 shots from the floor.

"We were running some plays and I was able to come off the double and I was just open," Hornacek said. "Nothing special was really clicking in the third period. I was just open and was able to hit my shots."

The Jazz took their biggest lead of the contest at 83-71 with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter after Russell hit a short jumper.

Utah still led 87-77 with 4:01 left. But the Nuggets scored eight of the next 10 points, capped by rookie Raef LaFrentz's two free throws to draw within 89-85 with 2:35 to play.

However, Russell had a dunk off a pass from Karl Malone and John Stockton followed with consecutive baskets to restore a double-digit lead with 44 seconds remaining. Malone had his worst game of the young season, making only 3-of-13 shots and finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Van Exel and McDyess scored nine points apiece in the opening half, helping the Nuggets to a slim 47-46 advantage.

Utah shot 49 percent (36-of-74), while the Nuggets -- the worst shooting team in the league -- finished at 38 percent (29-of-76). Denver came into the game shooting just over 40 percent as a team.

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