Jazz run past Nuggets, 121-102

March 24th, 2012 | by Sam Strong
Denver Nuggets 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
121 Utah Jazz
Paul Millsap, PF 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Milsap didn’t fill it up quite like he usually does but his consistency can’t be discounted. He has scored double digits in his last 13 games.

C.J. Miles, SF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +26

If Milsap is the model of consistency, Miles is the opposite. He did an adequate job Friday on 4-of-8 shooting and got to the rim with ease but Denver is one of the worst defensive teams in the league.

Al Jefferson, C 32 MIN | 11-16 FG | 1-3 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 23 PTS | +22

Jefferson was considered the MVP of tonight’s game by many. Denver didn’t have a player that could stop him inside. He missed out on the A by only pulling down eight rebounds.

Devin Harris, PG 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +20

Don’t look now but Harris looks like he’s finally starting to get comfortable in his role. Need proof? Harris made Andre Miller do the splits before ferociously finishing at the rim. It was unlike anything he’s done in a Jazz uniform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO0XzJ8eOVA

Gordon Hayward, SG 37 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 15 PTS | +20

Hayward was the other candidate for MVP and how could he not be, especially on his birthday? His stat line resembles something we would have seen out of AK47 in his heyday. Asked after the game what he got for his 22nd? “This win,” he said.

Jamaal Tinsley, PG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | -4

Tinsley was efficient in his 17 minutes of action. Could there be a backup-point guard controversy brewing? Earl Watson played the last 2:24 of the game and looked as healthy as he claimed he was.

Derrick Favors, FC 25 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +2

Favors relieved Milsap early after he was whistled for two quick fouls but only saw 25 minutes on the floor. 12 and seven is nice but for a guy who is supposed to be a defensive presence in the middle, zero blocked shots won’t get it don

Alec Burks, G 19 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | -3

Looks like my musings on the rookie were a good luck charm (http://www.saltcityhoops.com/burks-proves-his-biggest-doubter-wrong-me/). It will be interesting to see what Ty Corbin does with his minutes when Raja Bell returns.

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