Gallinari, Faried help Nuggets knock Jazz into 9th

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2013 at 12:19 am •  Published: April 4, 2013
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"We got caught up in their game and they made us pay for it," he said.

Denver opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 64-51 lead. Iguodala hit a 3, Gallinari converted a three-point play and Iguodala scored on a reverse dunk. Utah missed its first six shots in the quarter and didn't make a field goal until the 7:11 mark.

The Nuggets bumped their lead to 71-56 after Faried's dunk off a long pass by Andre Miller, who finished with 13 points and six assists. A 6-0 Utah run, capped by Gordon Hayward's long jumper, pulled the Jazz within 74-65 in the third.

The crafty Miller, who recently turned 37, quieted the fans by feeding Iguodala for another dunk, then stealing the ball to set up a 3-pointer for Brewer and 79-66 Nuggets lead.

"He's just smart," Foye said of Miller, who 15 years ago was playing in a Final Four for the University of Utah. "He plays at his own pace. No one is going to make him hurry. He does a good job controlling the tempo."

Paul Millsap's driving layup pulled Utah within 82-72 with 10:46 left. Then Gallinari got hot, scoring on a layup, 3-pointer, two free throws and a dunk to bump Denver's lead to 15.

Foye's 3-pointer with 7:43 remaining was too little, too late.

"I put a lot of they blame on myself," Foye said. "If I make two or three of those, it's a different game."

Jefferson took solace in the fact Utah has six games remaining, with three of the next four at home.

"We just got to bounce back," he said.

NOTES: Nuggets coach Karl, a two-time cancer survivor, was asked about Monday's death of veteran NBA official Greg Willard to pancreatic cancer. "I'm getting old, getting savvy with every (cancer) situation," Karl said. "I think he knew how tough it was going to be. It's hard. When I come to Salt Lake City it's hard because (former University of Utah) coach (Rick) Majerus was here so many times. Even walking around going to dinner last night, it was emotional for me because I would be going to dinner with Rick." Majerus died of heart failure in December. ... Nuggets G Miller opted for the buffet served to media members before the game, saying he's been doing it for several years to spare the ball boys and change his eating habits. ... Jazz F Hayward picked up his third foul with 6:49 left in the second quarter but still led Utah in scoring with 18 points.