Monday , Mar , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah Jazz Team Report – March 15

=== Utah Jazz Team Report – March 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz were crushed by the Denver Nuggets,
102-75, on Sunday at the Pepsi Center.

In a battle between two teams vying for the eighth and final playoff spot in
the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the game was never much of a
contest. The Nuggets jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter of play
and never looked back, as they defeated Utah for the third time this season
and moved 1 1/2 games clear of the Jazz in the playoff race.

Carlos Arroyo led Utah with just 13 points. Gordan Giricek, who had averaged
22 points over his pervious four games, finished with just 11 on 4-of-10
shooting.

Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko finished with just three points on 0-for-4 shooting
from the floor. The Jazz struggled from the floor as they shot just 36 percent
(28-of-77).

The Jazz are off until Wednesday when they visit the Toronto Raptors. Earlier
this season, Utah beat the Raptors, 97-94, in overtime on December 26, 2003
at the Delta Center.

Arroyo has averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 assists in his last two games. He has
scored in double digits in eight of his last 10 contests.

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