Hayward has big night, Jazz top Nuggets 103-93
UTAH 103, DENVER 93
DENVER (AP) -- Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke found a rhythm the
Denver Nuggets backcourt could not match.
Hayward scored a season-high 30 points to go with a career-high
13 rebounds, Derrick Favors had 19 points and the Utah Jazz
rallied after blowing a big third-quarter lead to beat the
Nuggets 103-93 Friday night.
Point guard Trey Burke had 10 points and 10 assists for his
second double-double in a week.
Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton had 17 apiece for the
Nuggets, whose starting backcourt of Ty Lawson and Randy Foye
was outscored 40-0.
"Ty Lawson just came back off injury so you give him the
benefit," Utah coach Ty Corbin said. "But I like the way our
Brian Shaw couldn't say the same for his starters. A week after
giving up 39 first-quarter points to the Boston Celtics, Shaw's
team allowed the Jazz to put up 33 in the first 12 minutes.
"The first quarter was the beginning of the end for us. They
were hitting everything," Denver's coach said. "Our defense was
terrible. We scored 28 ourselves, which is plenty enough but
continuing to give up those big quarters is not going to get it
done for us."
The poor starts have Shaw considering making a change in his
"I don't know if I have to shake it up or what I have to do with
that starting lineup, the chemistry for whatever reason is not
there," he said. "It's putting too much pressure on our bench
night after night."
The Nuggets struggled from the foul line, going 14 for 24, while
the Jazz hit their first 13 free throws in going 19 of 20 from
Denver fell to 6-3 on its home court after losing just three
times at Pepsi Center all of last year.
The Jazz, meanwhile, are happy to steal one on the road. After
starting the year 1-14 Utah is 5-5 in its last 10 games.
"We have all of our guys," Corbin said. "We have different
They needed them against Denver after the Jazz scored just 10
points in an 11-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth
The Nuggets, who trailed by 16 early in the third, finished the
quarter on a 26-8 run to go ahead by two. The lead grew to four
before Utah responded.
Hayward and Richard Jefferson had three-point plays and Favors'
putback gave the Jazz a 94-89 lead.
"I remember Rich kind of bringing everyone together and saying,
`They're a good team, they made they're run, now it's our turn
to make a run,' Hayward said of Jefferson. "We slowed down and
kind of made one of our own."
Denver cut it to 96-93 on two free throws by Andre Miller, but a
layup and free throw gave Utah a 99-93 lead and the Jazz closed
it out from there.
"They came out and hit us early," Miller said. "Four or five
3-pointers to start the game. It was just an uphill battle the
rest of the game."
Utah's nine-point halftime lead grew to 16 but Denver rallied.
Hamilton hit a 3-pointer and a fadeaway jumper to give the
Nuggets a 70-69 lead with 2:43 left in the third. It was their
first lead since 4-3.
Hamilton hit a breakaway layup and a free throw at the end of
the period to give Denver a 75-73 lead heading into the fourth.
"We kept our poise, we stayed together," Jazz forward Marvin
The Jazz used strong shooting to take the early lead. Utah hit
its first four 3-pointers and made six of seven in the first
period. The Jazz cooled off in the second quarter, but used a
strong finish to the half to lead 53-44 at the break.
Hayward had 14 points at the intermission and Williams 11.
Chandler had 13 points at the break for the Nuggets, who
struggled from 3-point range (3 for 11) and from the free-throw
line (5 for 11) in the first half.
"(We) miss 10 free throws in our building, on our court, and we
lose by 10 points," he said.
NOTES: Hayward has two 30-point games in his career and both
have come against Denver. ... There was a moment of silence
before the national anthem for Arapahoe High School staff,
students and families affected by the shooting at the suburban
Denver school on Friday afternoon. ... Friday marked the 30th
anniversary of the highest-scoring game in NBA history. Detroit
beat the Nuggets 186-184 in three overtimes in Denver. ... The
Jazz have the best 3-point shooting percentage (45.4) in the
league during December.
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