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Nuggets 116, Jazz 111, 2 OT

February 2, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Chauncey Billups scored 24 points and Cory Alexander added 20, including seven in the second overtime, as the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 116-111 in an exhibition game Monday night.

Danny Fortson added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are coming off a franchise-worst 11-71 season. First-round draft pick Raef LeFrentz scored 14 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Shandon Anderson led Utah with 19 points, and Karl Malone had 17 in three quarters for the Jazz.

Alexander hit a driving layup and free throw two minutes into the second overtime to give the Nuggets a 108-105 lead. After Anderson’s 3-pointer drew Utah within 110-108, two free throws by Billups and a layup by Alexander with a minute left sealed the win.

Utah’s Thurl Bailey forced the first overtime by hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, which tied it at 95.

Jacque Vaughn put the Jazz up 103-101 in the final minute of the first overtime, but Nick Van Exel forced a second overtime with a tying 15-footer with 32 seconds left.

The Nuggets earned a split of their preseason series against the Jazz, who beat them 108-90 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

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