SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ John Stockton hit two technical foul shots in the last 1.3 seconds, lifting the Utah Jazz to an odd 98-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

The Nuggets were assessed the first technical for calling timeout when they had none left. After Stockton hit the first shot for a 97-96 lead, Nick Van Exel got another technical for arguing with referee Tony Brothers.

It was a strange finish to a dramatic game. The Jazz rallied twice in the second half to win for the seventh time in the last eight games.

Donyell Marshall led Utah with 24 points while Karl Malone scored 22 and Stockton had 15 points and 10 assists. John Starks and Bryon Russell each added 12 for the Jazz.

Antonio McDyess led Denver with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Voshon Lenard scored 23 and Van Exel had 19, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets have been one of the best teams in the NBA lately, winning 15 of 19 since mid-December, but they knew they'd have to improve their 6-12 road record to be taken seriously.

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