The lead reached double figures in the second half, against a tired division opponent playing the second of back-to-back games at the Pepsi Center. This time, the Nuggets did what a good NBA team is supposed to do — win.
Denver's 110-91 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night represented something of a belated reset from Thursday's sour, second-half collapse against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In lifting their home record to 11-2, the Nuggets overcame a sluggish start, established a solid lead at halftime and were never threatened from there.
The Nuggets got a good game from forward Danilo Gallinari, who scored 26 points in the first three quarters, including 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Kenneth Faried, who was listed as a game-time decision earlier in the day because of illness, had 15 points and 10 rebounds in nearly 32 minutes of action.
The Nuggets had some problems early with Utah's big frontcourt, not to mention their own erratic shooting and sloppy ball handling. Denver trailed by two after 12 minutes, shooting just 38.5 percent with five turnovers.
The numbers were considerably better in the second quarter. The Nuggets shot 56.3 percent from the floor (9-of-16) and grabbed a four-point lead at halftime, 49-45. Gallinari was strong in the second, with 12 points.
Nuggets bounce back from rare home loss with blowout over Utah Jazz
Denver Post | Jan 6