Nuggets hand Jazz rare home loss, help Lakers

SALT LAKE CITY - The Denver Nuggets helped their own cause and did the Los Angeles Lakers a little favor during their brief visit to Utah on Wednesday night.
Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points for Denver Nuggets. Net photo.
Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points for Denver Nuggets. Net photo.

Wednesday
Atlanta    82-95    New York   
Cleveland    95-113    Brooklyn   
Toronto    88-78    Washington   
Charlotte    88-83    Philadelphia   
Boston    98-93    Detroit   
Milwaukee    98-107    Minnesota   
San Antonio    98-84    Orlando   
Portland    76-94    Memphis   
Sacramento    102-112     Houston   
Golden State    98-88    New Orleans   
LA Clippers    126-101    Phoenix   

SALT LAKE CITY - The Denver Nuggets helped their own cause and did the Los Angeles Lakers a little favor during their brief visit to Utah on Wednesday night.

Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, and the Nuggets shot 56.2 percent while snapping the Utah Jazz’s five-game winning streak in a convincing 113-96 win at EnergySolutions Arena.

The loss dropped the Jazz to 39-37, a half-game behind the idle Lakers (39-36) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Seven Nuggets hit double figures in scoring, including Kenneth Faried (19 points) and Evan Fournier (18). Denver improved to 51-24, the third-best record in the West, with the rare blowout win in Utah.

“I think it is a solid win for us in a race that is probably going to go down to the last week,” said Denver coach George Karl, whose team has a half-game lead over Memphis and a two-game edge against the Clippers in playoff positioning for the 3-5 spots.

Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored 18 points while Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap each contributed 16, but the Jazz saw their season-high winning streak end.

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