The Denver Nuggets five-game win streak was snapped Monday night to the Utah Jazz by the final score of 118-103. The Nuggets took them too lightly, coming out with no energy as the Jazz took advantage of that. Former Colorado Buffaloes star Alec Burks would have a career night against the Denver Nuggets. The guard would score a career-high 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the line pushing the Jazz to victory.
Ty Lawson would record another double-double as the guard is pushing for an all-star vote with Thunder guard Russell Westbrook out. He would shoot 6-of-17 from the field with 23 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler returned after missing the past couple of games with a groin strain and was a little rusty. He would come off of the bench shooting 4-of-10 from the field while knocking down two three’s for 12 points on the night. Nate Robinson and Timofey Mozgov didn’t come to play at all Monday night. Robinson shot a dismal 1-for-7 from the field with 3 points and 2 turnovers, while Mozzy didn’t score at all and couldn’t get back on defense.
Evan Fournier continues to be a reliable contributor off of the bench for rookie head coach Brian Shaw. Fournier put up 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting, including three three-pointers. J.J. Hickson was a beast on the glass and in the scoring column for the Nuggets despite the loss. Hickson made 8-of-9 shots, scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds; 3 of which were offensive. The Utah Jazz were too much on the glass as power forward/center Derrick Favors played excellent. Favors shot 7-of-12 from the field while recording a double-double; 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Four of the five Utah Jazz starters scored in double-figures, including Derrick Favors. Alec Burks finished with 34 while rookie point guard Trey Burke finished with 18 points and 8 assists. Small forward Richard Jefferson capped the night with 16 points, including 3-of-6 from downtown. The Jazz shot a whopping 55.7% percent from the field while the Nuggets shot 44.6% percent. The three-point line was an advantage for the Jazz tonight as they shot 8-of-18, 44.4% percent from deep while Denver struggled, shooting just 7-of-25, 28.0% percent.
The Denver Nuggets (19-18) will be back in action on Wednesday night as they take on the Golden State Warriors on the road. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM MT while the game will be televised on ESPN.