Jazz 96, Nuggets 84


DENVER (AP) – Deron Williams tied a career high with 28 points and Carlos Boozer shrugged off a slow start to finish with 24, leading the Utah Jazz to a 96-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Williams also had 12 assists and Boozer grabbed 12 rebounds. The Jazz are now 21-5 when Boozer records a double-double.

Mehmet Okur and Derek Fisher each scored 10 points.

Utah saw a 19-point lead in the first half cut to 68-67 with 9:30 remaining in the game. However, the Jazz went on a 10-0 run to restore some breathing room and send the Nuggets to their season-high fifth straight loss.

Allen Iverson finished with 22 points after scoring just five in the first half. Earl Boykins also had 22 and Linas Kleiza scored 17.

Boozer, Utah’s leading scorer and rebounder, had just four points and one rebound at halftime. He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a basket and a free throw to start the Jazz’s fourth-quarter run.

Denver came into the game averaging 106.7 points – third-best in the league – but failed to score 100 for the fourth time in five games.

Nuggets coach George Karl spoke highly of Williams before the game -calling him an All-Star – and the point guard lived up to the compliment. At one point in the second quarter, Williams was almost beating Denver by himself, 24-22.

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