Jazz slam Nuggets behind Favors 21 points – Standard-Examiner
DENVER — Derrick Favors had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, Trey Burke came off the bench to score 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Denver Nuggets 104-82 on Friday night.
Gordon Hayward added 15 points and Rudy Gobert had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz. Utah has won five of its last seven.
Will Barton had 22 points for the Nuggets. They have lost nine straight at home and 18 of 20 overall. Denver was in the playoff conversation after a five-game winning streak in mid-January, but has fallen into 13th place in the Western Conference.
The home losing streak is Denver’s longest since dropping 11 straight during the 1997-98 season. The Nuggets finished 11-71 that season, the worst record in the NBA.
The Jazz took advantage of Denver’s struggles and led throughout. Utah led by 18 in the first half and used a big surge in the third quarter to put it away.
Favors scored 11 points in the period and Burke and Rodney Hood had 3-pointers during a 22-6 run to make it 80-53 at the end of the third.
Denver was without center Jusuf Nurkic (right ankle sprain) and forward Darrell Arthur (right knee discomfort). Both were hurt Wednesday night in a home loss to Phoenix.
Even without those two, coach Brian Shaw opted to start rookie Joffrey Lauvergne over Kenneth Faried, who returned after missing a game because of a thumb injury.
Faried had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Jazz: Utah guard Alec Burks, out for the season with a shoulder injury, is with the team. Coach Quin Snyder said it helps Burks to be around the team. “He’s in film sessions, he’s eating team meals with the players,” Snyder said. “Whatever he can get out of this season and this time, even if he’s not playing, is really important.”
Nuggets: Forward Wilson Chandler returned from a two-game absence due to adductor soreness. … Denver hasn’t won consecutive games since the five-game winning streak from Jan. 3-14.
Jazz: Hosts Milwaukee on Saturday night.
Nuggets: Hosts New Orleans on Sunday night.