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Denver at Utah

Okur unstoppable as Jazz build on home streak -- and division lead

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SALT LAKE CITY -- First, Mehmet Okur drove through the Denver Nuggets with the swiftness of a guard. Then, the 6-foot-11 Utah center went outside and started shooting like a guard, too.

Okur hit a career-high six 3-pointers while leading the Jazz to a 132-105 rout of the Nuggets, extending Utah's lead over Denver in the Northwest Division.

Okur went 9-for-11 from the field, making his first six 3s and only missing one. He had four 3s as the Jazz pulled away with 43 points in the second quarter. Okur's only baskets inside 23 feet were a short jumper and two layups, when Okur split the defense and drove for a layup each time.

"He has such a unique dimension he brings to our team," said Utah's Kyle Korver, who added two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. "I don't care who you are -- if somebody's hitting that many 3s it's deflating."

Deron Williams, who had his seventh straight double-double with 16 assists and 14 points, Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Okur finished with 27 points and 11 boards in Utah's 18th straight home win, one short of the team record.

Utah has a four-game lead on Denver in the Northwest Division. Had the Jazz lost, they would only be up two games on the Nuggets and whoever comes in second could miss the playoffs.

The Jazz outrebounded the Nuggets 43-30, had 36 assists to Denver's 16 and flustered the Nuggets into two technicals and one flagrant foul.

Allen Iverson scored 28 and Carmelo Anthony added 24 points for the Nuggets, who fell to 1-2 against Utah this season. The Nuggets have 20 games left to try to catch the Jazz, including another meeting in Utah on April 12.

The Nuggets were coming off a 109-96 win at home over the Spurs after trailing by eight at halftime Friday night in Denver. That composure didn't seem to make the short flight. The Nuggets visit the Spurs on Monday.

"It's important for us to take all of the positive things we did tonight -- what little positive things there were -- to San Antonio and leave the negative here," said Iverson, who played with a sprained finger on his right hand.

The Jazz played in Phoenix on Friday and outran the Suns 126-118, then kept up the pace Saturday back at home.

Okur made his first six 3-pointers for a career high and finished 6-for-7. Korver and C.J. Miles added two 3-pointers each as the Jazz went 11-for-15 from beyond-the-arc.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Harpring scored 10 for the Jazz, who went 50-for-83 from the field.

Denver shot 50 percent in the first half, yet trailed by 23 at halftime after the Jazz made 15 of 21 shots in the second quarter.

"I've never seen Utah shoot the ball as well as they are shooting the ball right now," Denver coach George Karl said.

The Nuggets helped a little by Utah also got two bonus points because of technical fouls on Anthony and Linas Kleiza in the second quarter.

Anthony got an offensive foul with just 22 seconds left when he elbowed Korver in the jaw. It got even worse for the Nuggets when Anthony Carter was called for a flagrant foul when he stopped Boozer from getting a layup. Kleiza complained and was called for a technical. Korver made the technical free throw and Boozer went 1-for-2, giving the Jazz a 77-54 halftime lead.

"We came out from the start and had a great game," Williams said. "Memo was good in that first half and he couldn't miss."

Denver only fell further behind in the third as the Jazz continued to shoot well. Utah led 108-75 at the end of the third and there wasn't much anticipation in the fourth. Utah's starters were on the bench for the last 4 minutes and Denver's had left the game long before that.

J.R. Smith scored 16 and Kleiza had 14 points for Denver.

Notes

  • Iverson scored half of Denver's 26 points in the first quarter.
  • Kenyon Martin did not return after taking an elbow from Okur about nine minutes into the game. The Nuggets said later the Martin had a mild concussion.
  • Okur's previous high for 3-pointers in a game was five, set against Memphis in January.
  • Utah tied a team record with eight 3-pointers in the first half.
  • Utah played its third straight game without F Andrei Kirilenko (hip).
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Carlos Boozer and the Jazz are just one win from matching the franchise-record home streak. (AP)
Carlos Boozer and the Jazz are just one win from matching the franchise-record home streak. (AP)

Scoreboard
Denver (37-25) 26282130105
Utah (42-22) «34433124132
DEN:A. Iverson 28 Pts
DEN:M. Camby 9 Reb
DEN:A. Iverson 4 Ast
UTA:M. Okur 27 Pts
UTA:M. Okur 11 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 16 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahDenver

M. Okur

A. Iverson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
271112824
Denver
C. Anthony, SF327-159-1262324
M. Camby, C312-72-29146
A. Iverson, SG3010-177-1024128
A. Carter, PG210-40-01420
K. Martin, PF91-10-02112
L. Kleiza, SF315-93-460514
J. Smith, SG267-121-310216
E. Najera, PF252-50-02254
C. Atkins, PG214-70-00209
Y. Diawara, SG100-22-21102
T. Green, PG40-10-00000
S. Hunter, PFDid Not Play
Nene, PFDid Not Play
Totals 38-8024-33301723105
 47.5%72.7% 
Utah
M. Okur, C369-113-4111227
D. Williams, PG345-133-4016214
C. Boozer, PF3010-153-6113323
R. Brewer, SG243-52-22328
C. Miles, SG235-101-122313
P. Millsap, PF326-94-5104416
K. Korver, SF244-52-234312
M. Harpring, SF195-80-031410
R. Price, PG102-43-40137
J. Hart, PG40-20-20100
J. Collins, C41-10-01012
A. Kirilenko, SFDid Not Play
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 50-8321-30433627132
 60.2%70.0% 
Other Games
Ind 95 Final
Cle 103
Mia 94 Final
Atl 97
GS 104 Final
Orl 95
Char 100 Final
Wash 97
Port 120 Final
NY 114
Bos 119 Final
Mem 89
NJ 91 Final
Dal 111
NO 96 Final
Hou 106
Min 99 Final
LAC 96