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Favors scores 24, Jazz run away from Nuggets 106-77

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Derrick Favors hasn't been shy about wanting to prove himself to the world after injuries derailed his last two seasons. The Utah Jazz big man took advantage of a national television audience to do exactly that.

Favors scored 24 points, and the Jazz used a dominant second half to pull away from the Denver Nuggets for a 106-77 victory Tuesday night.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell added 16 points as Utah matched a season high with its third straight victory. Jonas Jerebko had 15 and Ricky Rubio finished with 13 points.

''I just wanted, basically, to come out and show everybody I'm back,'' Favors said. ''I'm 100 percent healthy now. Just come out and play my game. Be aggressive offensively and defensively.

''I know everybody was kind of basing my whole career off of last year when I was injured and wasn't moving right. I just want to show everybody I'm back to who I was before I got hurt.''

The Jazz opened the third quarter with a 20-6 run, and Denver never recovered. The Nuggets got a little loose with the ball after halftime and turned over the ball seven times in the third. The Jazz defense was more active and the Nuggets went cold from the field while Utah shot 52.6 percent from the field in the quarter.

The Jazz outscored the Nuggets 58-28 in the second half.

''That was a really good defensive effort for us, especially in the second half,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''Our habits are getting better. That's a credit to the work that they've been doing and the focus they've been giving.

''The biggest thing defensively in the second half was we secured the defensive glass better. They had 10 offensive rebounds at halftime. It's tough when you work hard and you get a stop and they get an offensive rebound.''

Favors outplayed Nikola Jokic on both ends of the floor and his aggressiveness on offense helped finish off the victory. He also had nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

Without Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson, the Jazz got a group effort, with Mitchell, Jerebko and Rubio also coming up with big plays.

Gary Harris scored 14 of his 18 points for Denver in the first half, and Kenneth Faried had 11 points and eight rebounds.

''Got our (butt) kicked,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''It's simply put. They turned it up, they got into us, they were physical. They turned us over, they dominated the offensive glass. They did whatever they wanted. We were completely out played.

''For 20 games now turnovers have been an issue and not surprisingly an issue tonight. ... So just an awful embarrassing night for the Denver Nuggets.''

Jokic added, ''They just turned it up to another level and we weren't even close.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Wilson Chandler did not play due to a lower back injury. Faried made his second start of the season in his place. Malone called Chandler day to day.

Jazz: Hood did not play due to left ankle soreness. Snyder said the injury has been gradually getting worse and the team has been monitoring it. ... Mitchell became the second player in franchise history to score 300 points in his first 21 games. Darrell Griffith was the first in 1980-81.

DIFFERENT LOOK

Nuggets forward Paul Millsap is out after having surgery on his left wrist. Malone explained the difference of having Faried on the floor more with Jokic.

''He and Kenneth have such great chemistry because Kenneth runs the floor and puts pressure on the rim,'' Malone said. ''If he's not at the rim, he's working the baseline. Now you have Nikola up high post, elbow, making plays for everybody.

''That was the challenge early in the season with Paul Millsap and Nikola, we had five guys on the perimeter quite a bit. Didn't have anybody putting pressure on the rim. When you have somebody putting pressure on the rim, that forces somebody to account for that man. And therein lies an open man somewhere, and that's where Nikola's at his best. He finds the open man time and time again.''

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host Justin Holiday and the struggling Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

Jazz: Travels to face DeAndre Jordan and the injury-ravaged Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
R. Hood
5 G
28.3 Min. Per Game 28.3
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
51.1 Field Goal % 41.9
51.1 Three Point % 41.9
86.0 Free Throw % 92.0
+ 2 Malik Beasley made jump shot 0:18
+ 3 Alec Burks made 3-pt. jump shot 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Alec Burks 0:38
  Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
  Offensive rebound by Juan Hernangomez 0:44
  Juan Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
  Offensive rebound by Jamal Murray 0:49
  Juan Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:52
  Offensive rebound by Ekpe Udoh 0:56
+ 2 Ekpe Udoh made dunk 0:56
  Royce O'Neale missed layup 0:59
Team Stats
Points 77 106
Field Goals 28-78 (35.9%) 42-87 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 7-34 (20.6%) 14-32 (43.8%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 8-9 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 47 51
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 30 34
Team 5 8
Assists 13 24
Steals 6 7
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 17 11
Fouls 13 20
Technicals 0 0
7 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
24 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 11-9 2425171177
home team logo Jazz 10-11 26222830106
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 11-9 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Jazz 10-11 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
G. Harris G 17.5 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.9 APG 48.5 FG%
D. Favors F 12.3 PPG 7.2 RPG 1.3 APG 56.3 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Harris G 18 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
D. Favors F 24 PTS 9 REB 5 AST
35.9 FG% 48.3
20.6 3PT FG% 43.8
87.5 FT% 88.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 33 18 3 1 0 1 2 2 6/16 4/11 2/2 0 3 22 -23
K. Faried 23 11 8 0 0 0 2 0 3/8 0/0 5/6 5 3 17 -7
J. Murray 29 10 1 2 1 0 3 1 5/13 0/6 0/0 1 0 13 -21
N. Jokic 26 7 6 6 1 1 2 1 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 6 25 -20
J. Hernangomez 28 7 10 0 0 1 0 4 3/9 1/6 0/0 3 7 18 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 33 18 3 1 0 1 2 2 6/16 4/11 2/2 0 3 22 -23
K. Faried 23 11 8 0 0 0 2 0 3/8 0/0 5/6 5 3 17 -7
J. Murray 29 10 1 2 1 0 3 1 5/13 0/6 0/0 1 0 13 -21
N. Jokic 26 7 6 6 1 1 2 1 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 6 25 -20
J. Hernangomez 28 7 10 0 0 1 0 4 3/9 1/6 0/0 3 7 18 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 31 9 4 0 0 0 0 3 3/7 1/2 2/2 1 3 13 -21
T. Lyles 17 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 2/6 0/2 2/2 2 0 8 -17
E. Mudiay 18 6 3 3 1 1 5 1 2/6 0/2 2/2 0 3 12 -8
M. Beasley 10 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 2 7 -7
M. Plumlee 15 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 -4
T. Craig 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -5
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 77 42 13 6 4 17 13 28/78 7/34 14/16 12 30 138 -145
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Favors 32 24 9 5 1 3 1 1 12/16 0/0 0/0 2 7 46 +30
D. Mitchell 30 16 3 2 2 0 2 4 5/12 2/5 4/4 0 3 23 +20
J. Jerebko 26 15 8 2 0 1 0 2 6/10 3/4 0/0 1 7 28 +19
R. Rubio 29 13 4 5 1 1 1 3 5/10 2/5 1/2 0 4 28 +14
J. Ingles 29 5 4 6 0 0 3 1 2/7 1/5 0/0 0 4 18 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Favors 32 24 9 5 1 3 1 1 12/16 0/0 0/0 2 7 46 +30
D. Mitchell 30 16 3 2 2 0 2 4 5/12 2/5 4/4 0 3 23 +20
J. Jerebko 26 15 8 2 0 1 0 2 6/10 3/4 0/0 1 7 28 +19
R. Rubio 29 13 4 5 1 1 1 3 5/10 2/5 1/2 0 4 28 +14
J. Ingles 29 5 4 6 0 0 3 1 2/7 1/5 0/0 0 4 18 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Burks 20 14 4 0 1 0 0 2 4/10 3/5 3/3 1 3 19 +5
R. O'Neale 20 11 1 1 0 0 1 1 4/7 3/4 0/0 0 1 13 +23
R. Neto 15 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 +11
T. Sefolosha 14 2 3 1 2 0 0 3 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 3 9 +5
E. Udoh 15 2 4 1 0 1 1 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 1 8 -1
N. Wolters 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 +5
T. Bradley 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 +5
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 106 43 24 7 6 11 20 42/87 14/32 8/9 9 34 199 +145