The Utah Jazz hang around close enough in the first half and make a 3rd quarter push to stay perfect at home against the Denver Nuggets Monday night. The Jazz gave up 35 points in the first quarter and went into half time down 65-54. The Jazz came out in the 3rd quarter on a mission and outscored the Nuggets 30-19 to tie it up going into the 4th quarter. The game was tight going down the stretch but the Jazz played good defense on the final possession and come away with the win.
Al Jefferson scored 28 points and had 5 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Derrick Favors was a huge boost off the bench scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. The big surprise was Jamaal Tinsley who filled in for Mo Williams as starting point guard. Jamaal scored 15 points and went 3 for 6 from the 3 point land, he also added in 6 assists and 2 steals. Gordon Hayward struggled off the bench again shooting 1-8 from the field and only scoring 4 points.
Denver was led by Kenneth Faried who had 21 points and 9 rebounds. The Nuggets shot 55% from the field but committed 17 turnovers which ultimately let the Jazz back in the game and take the lead. Ty Lawson pitched in 9 assists for the Nuggets but made a mistake on the last play of the game and the Nuggets failed to get a shot up before time expired.
Mo Williams did not play for the second game in a row due to a sprained right foot.