SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets were in a giving mood
Monday night. The Utah Jazz were more than happy to take advantage.
Karl Malone has a clear path to the basket for two of his 21 Utah points.
Karl Malone scored 21 points and the Jazz scored 33 points off
28 turnovers in a 100-82 victory over the Nuggets on Monday night.
"We were tired and we turned the ball over too many times. ...
We were lucky we lost by 18," Denver coach Mike Evans said.
Reserve Donyell Marshall scored 17 points and John Stockton
added 14 as Utah beat Denver for the 12th consecutive time at home and
won for the eighth time in 10 games.
"It's tough to win here," Antonio McDyess said. "The last
four or five years I've been here, we haven't even put up much of a
battle. I think there's only one time I can remember that we had a
chance and we still didn't pull it out."
Utah last lost to Denver at home on Dec. 7, 1996. The Jazz are
20-2 against the Nuggets in the Delta Center.
"The Utah Jazz have a tradition of winning. After all these
years, they expect to win every time they step out on the court and
it shows," Juwan Howard said.
Voshon Leonard scored 20 points, and Antonio McDyess added 10
points in his third game back from knee surgery.
"I felt terrible in the second half. After I tried to block
Stockton's shot in the second quarter I kind of tweaked it and then
it went downhill," said McDyess, who played only seven scoreless
minutes in the second half.
Despite McDyess hobbling and their extensive ballhandling
troubles, the Nuggets trailed 63-55 with 1:15 left in the third
"We had a 10-point lead nearly all night but we didn't take
advantage of the opportunity to put them away and give some other
guys some playing time," Stockton said.
Malone then scored 11 points in a 15-6 run, giving Utah a 78-61
lead early in the fourth quarter.
"Karl was very active and the guys played well off of that,"
The Jazz, outrebounded 42-28, shot 51 percent and improved to
12-1 season when shooting better than 50 percent.
Because of the ineffectiveness of Tim Hardaway and rookie Kenny
Satterfield, the Nuggets used 6-foot-8 forward George McCloud at
point guard for extended periods.
"We had some careless turnovers, some plays we usually make.
That was the difference in the ballgame," Howard said.
Denver, which has lost nine of 10, fell to 0-24 when giving up
The Jazz, 1-12 against the top five teams in the Western
Conference, are 16-6 against the rest of the West.
One night after scoring 30 points against Dallas, Juwan
Howard played 24 minutes and had five turnovers before scoring his
first points, a putback with 7:41 left in the third quarter. ...
Denver, which lost to Dallas 116-110 in overtime Sunday night, is
3-9 in the second of back-to-back games. ... Calbert Cheaney left
the game 4:23 left in the second quarter after dislocating the
middle finger on his right hand in a collision with Stockton.
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