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.
Nuggets hand Jazz rare home loss, help Lakers