The Utah Jazz maintained their slim lead for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 100-84 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
With a 24-0 run in the third quarter, the Jazz secured the lead up to end of the game. Trey Lyles scored a career-high 22 points who unexpectedly became on the starting lineup for the Utah Jazz . Starting forward Derrick Favors missed the game due to right knee soreness.
With 6:56 left on the third quarter, the Nuggets were still on the lead with 62-58 but the Jazz gained the momentum leaving the Nuggets scoreless for the rest of the quarter.
Gordon Hayward, who helped start the fire in the 24-0 run, added 22 points where 10 points came from the game-turning third quarter.
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was impressed with Trey Lyles’ performance who provided an offensive spark by hitting four 3-pointers early in the game.
All five starting lineup for the Utah Jazz scored double digits to help the team turn the game in their favor. They needed to win each remaining games since they are only one game ahead of the Houston Rockets. The Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers before their game with the Nuggets was concluded.
With the Nuggets’ loss, they were now 0-4 against the Jazz this season with an average of 84.3 points. Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay both scored 19 points for the Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was not pleased with his team’s performance wherein he said via ESPN that the lack of execution and turnovers in the fourth quarter led to their loss against the Jazz.
The Utah Jazz are now on the 8th spot of the Western Conference ahead of one win with the Houston Rockers. Their next game will be hosted by the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Here are some of the game highlights between Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets:
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