Anthony, Nuggets down Jazz
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony poured in 32 points as
the red-hot Denver Nuggets topped the Utah Jazz, 115-106, to extend their
season-high winning streak to seven straight games.
Allen Iverson scored 22 points and dished out 12 assists for the Nuggets, who
tightened their grip on the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
They are now two games ahead of the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.
Nene finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for Denver, which saw all five
of its starters reach double-figures. Steve Blake donated 16 points, while
Marcus Camby chipped in with 13 points and pulled down 13 boards.
Matt Harpring scored a team-high 31 points for the Jazz, who have dropped a
season-worst five straight and 11 of their last 16 overall. Utah has already
won the Northwest title and is the fourth seed in the West.
Mehmet Okur had 20 points, Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds,
and Deron Williams finished with 18 points and 14 assists for the Jazz.
Holding a five-point edge at intermission, Denver surged ahead in the third
quarter, as Camby’s shot off the glass gave the Nuggets a 66-56 lead at 8:37.
Utah closed within eight on Derek Fisher’s layup two minutes later, but Nene’s
jumper pushed the Denver lead back to 12 with 5:02 remaining in the stanza.
Utah closed the third on a 6-0 run and trailed 86-78 heading to the fourth
Okur’s trey pulled the Jazz within five, 92-87, with 8:26 remaining in the
contest. Anthony followed with a jumper and three-point shot, however, to
extend the Denver lead back to 10.
The Jazz once again made it a five-point game with just over two minutes to
play, while Boozer’s hook shot cut it to three, 109-106, with 1:41 left. Nene
then answered for the Nuggets, as his lay-in pushed Denver’s lead back to
The Nuggets pulled away in the final minute, as Blake and Anthony each scored
a pair from the line.
Denver opened the contest on a 12-2 run, ignited by Nene’s layup, which he
followed with a running hook shot for a 4-0 lead. The spurt was briefly
interrupted by Boozer’s short jumper for Utah, but Nene later capped the
rally for the Nuggets with a pair of free throws, giving him eight points in
just under four minutes.
Then, trailing 16-6, Utah reeled off a 13-5 run to take the lead. Harpring had
six straight points for the Jazz, including a jumper that put the squad in
front by 21-19 margin at 2:17.
Iverson capped the first period scoring with a jump shot and Denver held a
23-21 lead heading to the second.
The teams traded buckets in the second, and the Nuggets held a 53-48 lead at
Utah retired Adrian Dantley’s No. 4 jersey in a halftime ceremony. Dantley,
who played for the Jazz from 1979-1986, is the team’s career leader in scoring
average and still ranks third in Jazz history in total points (13,635). It is
the eighth number retired by the organization…The Nuggets have recorded
seven consecutive wins for the first time since January 14-25, 2006…The Jazz
are riding their first five-game losing streak since November 12-19,
2005…Denver snapped a six-game skid against Utah…The Nuggets went 29-of-33
from the foul line.