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March 1, 2019
AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, including six in the final two minutes, and the short-handed Utah Jazz ended Denver’s nine-game home win streak by holding off the Nuggets 111-104 on Thursday night.

Kyle Korver added 22 as the Jazz showed plenty of energy despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back and with two of their guards out of the lineup. Utah led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, only to see the lead trimmed to five with 8:41 remaining. Korver helped the Jazz on a 13-0 run to gain some separation and send them to their third straight victory.

Jamal Murray and Will Barton each had 21 points for Denver. All-Star big man Nikola Jokic dealt with foul trouble but still finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

A Nuggets win would’ve vaulted them into first place in the Western Conference after a Golden State loss earlier in the day. But they were done in by their long-range woes, shooting 28 percent from 3-point range. It was Denver’s first loss at the Pepsi Center since Jan. 15.

The Jazz wore their colorful uniforms with some players accessorizing with brightly colored shoes. Joe Ingles went with red sneakers, Mitchell salmon, Derrick Favors red and Royce O’Neale green/yellow.

But it was their play that stood out. Ingles had 15 points and 10 assists, while Favors added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

After a fourth-quarter spurt, the Jazz led 97-79 with 6:17 remaining. Denver sliced it to three on a 3-pointer by Paul Millsap before Mitchell took over to wrap things up.

Utah turned up the defensive intensity in the first half, forcing the Nuggets into 10 turnovers and 1-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. That, coupled with the play of Ingles (12 points in the opening half) and Thabo Sefolosha (nine in the second quarter alone) allowed the Jazz to take a 52-37 lead into the locker room. The 37 points were a season-low in a first half for Denver.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Guards Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto were both out with left hamstring tightness. Rubio left Wednesday’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter.

Nuggets: F Trey Lyles missed a fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Denver missed 10 straight 3-pointers before Murray connected in the second quarter. ... Denver leads the Northwest Division with an 8-2 mark — both losses to Utah. ... Barton had 13 rebounds.

FAT LIP

Gobert took an accidental elbow to the mouth from teammate Grayson Allen late in the first half. Gobert appeared to have a cut on his lip, but stayed in the game. Moments later, Gobert countered with a ferocious dunk. He trails only Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in dunks this season.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Milwaukee on Saturday.

Nuggets: Host New Orleans on Saturday to wrap up a four-game homestand.

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