Utah Jazz down Denver Nuggets – FOXSports.com
Updated FEB 28, 2015 12:58a ET
The Utah Jazz responded to a tough loss — at the expense of the reeling Denver Nuggets.
Derrick Favors had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, Trey Burke came off the bench to score 19 points and the Jazz beat the 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.
The Jazz came into the game a little angry after blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. That three-point loss served as motivation for Utah, and it responded with a strong performance.
“We were frustrated and disappointed, especially because the way we can play, the way we know we can play,” Hayward said. “Like we did tonight.”
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.
“We are about to lose our sanity,” guard Ty Lawson said. “These are most games I’ve lost in my whole career.”
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 after the Nuggets cut the lead to 11.
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“They came out physical in the second half but I think we responded well,” said Burke, who has four of Utah’s 13 steals. “They went on a little run, coach got on us for a bit and we were ready to play again.”
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