Nuggets 121, Jazz 102
DENVER (AP) _ Michael Adams scored 32 points and Alex English had eight of his 18 in the first three minutes of the second half, helping the Denver Nuggets to a 121-102 victory over Utah Friday night, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Jazz.
The victory was the third straight for Denver in a critical four-game home stand, and raised the Nuggets’ record at McNichols Arena to 24-5. In the last meeting between the teams, Feb. 14 in Salt Lake City, the Jazz made up a 14- point halftime deficit and won 119-105.
Adams, who had four 3-pointers in the game, hit two within a one-minute span late in the second period, giving Denver a 58-42 lead that the Jazz never threatened.
Thanks to a defense that held Utah to only six baskets in 19 attempts in the third quarter, the Nuggets threatened to make the game a rout. They led 90-67 going into the fourth period and built the lead to 27 points before Karl Malone sparked a Utah comeback.
Malone, who led the Jazz with 25 points, closed the gap to 96-80 with 7:40 to play. But Adams hit two straight baskets and Denver stayed comfortably in front.
Danny Schayes scored 19 points for the Nuggets.