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The Utah Jazz (29-14) play against the Denver Nuggets (20-20) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Sunday January 16, 2022

Utah Jazz 125, Denver Nuggets 102 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
“This is the team that we know we can be”
After a rough week defensively, the Utah Jazz respond in Rudy Gobert’s first game back in the lineup. The story on a win over Denver, is here – theathletic.com/3074192/2022/0…1:47 AM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
In Sunday night’s win in Denver, which broke a four-game losing streak, the Utah Jazz not only stepped up their defense, they also appeared to improve their communication — both in-game and otherwise. sltrib.com/sports/jazz/20…1:29 AM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Yo. Jazz twitter. control your girl 😂😂😂😂 – 1:26 AM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Eric Paschall looked awesome tonight – 12:19 AM

David Locke @DLocke09
Rudy Gobert was +36 pic.twitter.com/lb4dFwhHTw12:17 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nikola Jokić in three games against the Utah Jazz this year:
25.0 points
14.0 rebounds
10.3 assists
3.0 turnovers
63.6 FG%
54.5 3P%
81.3 FT%
+11 in his minutes
Nuggets -52 in minutes Jokić sits.
0-3 record – 12:03 AM

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell
Wait that’s how the Cowboy game ended……??? Naaaa no way! – 11:55 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Before I forget that it happened, just want to say that during a free throw Joe Ingles was trying to sneakily pull down Aaron Gordon’s shooting sleeve over and over. Just want to keep that one noted for when Jazz fans complain later about those kinds of tricks from other players. – 11:42 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
“Let’s go tomorrow.”
#TakeNote11:32 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Utah finished with 29 free throws to Denver’s 8 tonight. Aaron Gordon on Jokic’s 3 FT attempts tonight: “It’s not even right. He’s fouled every play.
… He’s just not officiated the same way as everybody else. It’s not right. He’s the reigning MVP of the league.” – 11:26 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Aaron Gordon was asked about Nikola Jokić’s lack of foul calls.
Here’s what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/4nKiKOELxc11:24 PM

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Sun
Davion Mitchell, 16 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast, 4 stl
Jonathan Kuminga, 19 pts, 7 reb, 1 ast
Cade Cunningham, 21 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl
Jalen Green, 15 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast
Bones Hyland, 13 pts, 2 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk – 11:24 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Aaron Gordon whether he could sympathize with the way Nikola Jokic is whistled. This is perhaps the biggest defense I’ve ever heard from a Jokic teammate. pic.twitter.com/XWk4T0tXjv11:24 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
3-0 #NBA night at @WagerTalk as Jazz & Timberwolves cover and Donovan Mitchell goes OVER 25.5 points. We had a 5-0 weekend in the pros to set up a big #MLKDay on $9 Monday. All packages are discounted, including #RedSea @ #RamsHouse FREE play is loaded at wt.buzz/tm! – 11:20 PM

Rayjon Tucker @th3flighttuck
How you gone win when you ain’t right within – 11:17 PM

Rayjon Tucker @th3flighttuck
patience 😮‍💨🙏🏽 #BTO💚 pic.twitter.com/FxJisOkgXz11:14 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Aaron Gordon just had a passionate rant about Nikola Jokić not getting enough free throws. Just a microcosm here:
“The same calls that everyone else is getting, Jok should get them too.” – 11:13 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Instant analysis: Jazz end skid with win over Nuggets despite Nikola Jokic triple-double https://t.co/f4GLQuw20d pic.twitter.com/eBNGS5DnMD11:06 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
still thinking about this one, @Bojan Bogdanovic
#SloMoPlay | @udo_llc pic.twitter.com/P1j3uosNwD11:00 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
POSTCAST – Rudy Gobert returns and the Utah Jazz roll plus a preview of Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers – lockedonjazz.net/jazz/postcast-…11:00 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Tough night. Back at it on Wednesday.
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…11:00 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Bojan Bogdanovic answering questions in Spanish >>>>>> – 10:59 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Bojan Bogdanovic said there was a definite focus tonight on the Jazz’s other defenders not being quite so passive, and finding ways to be more aggressive. Said that emphasis gets guys engaged, and helps with the communication issues. – 10:58 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
13 games with 30 points or more this season 🕷
#PerformanceLeader | @UofUHealth pic.twitter.com/UHNyJau4Gu10:52 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Donovan Mitchell said the Jazz’s communication on defense was good tonight. Noted that the team’s offense practically takes care of itself, but the defense takes extra effort. Also notes that this one game by itself isn’t enough, that they need to keep it up. – 10:52 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
📹| A casual 7-7 from the field and a +36 in his first game back.
#TakeNote | @ZionsBank pic.twitter.com/rt8ffrIr5t10:46 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Rudy Gobert: “Every single guy on the court was locked in defensively. There were a few plays when Donovan made an amazing play on the ball. Donovan and Jordan got a few big rebounds, and then we were able to run and score in transition. So just a great team effort.” – 10:43 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Rudy Gobert, on the key 3Q/4Q 15-0 run: “The communication was great. That’s the team we can be. That’s the mindset we need to have every night. There’s still another gear we can get to.” – 10:38 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Rudy Gobert credited both Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson in his post game comments for how they played tonight including grabbing some big rebounds. – 10:38 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Rudy Gobert shouts out the defense and rebounding of Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson in tonight’s postgame press conference. – 10:38 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Rudy Gobert: “I felt pretty good. … Got a little tired in 1st and 3rd quarters. But I felt great — better than I usually do in Denver.” – 10:37 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Tonight:
Jokic and Gobert on court: Jazz +11
Gobert on, Jokic off: Jazz +25
Jokic on, Gobert off: Nuggets +16
Jokic off, Gobert off: Jazz +3 – 10:36 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
Rudy Gobert returns and the Utah Jazz roll over the Denver Nuggets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:34 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
📹| Back to our winning ways.
Don with 31, 21 from Bojan & 18p & 19r in Rudy’s return to the floor.
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/VpeObX2HRa10:34 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin Snyder, asked about Rudy Gobert’s return, spoke more generally of the team as a collective: “There was a level of focus and pride on the defensive end. And I hope our guys feel good about that.” – 10:33 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Lots to talk about in the Loser’s Lounge.
Jazz have been making a couple of interesting strategic choices against the Nuggets. Let’s talk about them.
youtube.com/watch?v=AmNMby…10:32 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin Snyder, on the Jazz’s 34-14 4Q: “We were solid defensively. Guys locked in on the possession at every position.” Noted that the transition defense improved, and Utah was good on the defensive glass, allowing only 6 O-rebs. – 10:28 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Warriors have a 7-game homestand starting this week that begins softer and gets more difficult: Pistons, Pacers, Rockets, Jazz, Mavericks, Timberwolves, Nets. Draymond Green expected to miss the entire thing. – 10:27 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
The Nuggets beat the Lakers by 37 and the Jazz beat the Nuggets by 23. So according to the transitive property the Jazz will beat the Lakers on Monday by 60? – 10:26 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets bench tonight:
– Bones Hyland -31 (37 minutes)
– Davon Reed: -30 (16 minutes)
– Facu Campazzo: -28 (19 minutes)
– Zeke Nnaji: -27 (10 minutes) – 10:25 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
the best part of being back in the W column 🖤
#UtahJazzScholarship pic.twitter.com/dbhCg81mRv10:24 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Final numbers pic.twitter.com/Z3soxyaTx810:24 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Some noticeable Donovan Mitchell leadership stuff in the fourth quarter. – 10:22 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
+20 in the 4th quarter 👀
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/8HINzXicL010:21 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz beat Nuggets, 125-102.
Gobert monstrous: 18 points, 19 rebounds, a +36 in his return.
Mitchell also terrific: 31 points on 11-24 FG.
Jazz play Lakers in L.A. tomorrow. Remember, this Nuggets team beat LAL by 37 last night, so by the transitive property… – 10:18 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver was on its 3rd game in 4 nights, Utah was rested and trying to end a losing streak. Denver still took a lead late in the third before the bench fell apart (they played a lot last night, keep in mind). Same holes still remain for the Nuggets tho, and they’re hard to patch. – 10:18 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz defeat the Nuggets 125-102 and move to 29-14 on the season. Mitchell with 31. Gobert was tremendous with 18 and 19 rebounds. Bogdanovic with 21. The Jazz played with urgency and precision. On to Los Angeles and the Lakers Monday night – 10:17 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Final pic.twitter.com/LauVpGR9u110:16 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they get stomped by the Jazz 125-102.
-Nikola Jokić had 25-15-14 in 37 minutes. He was a +5
-In the 11 minutes Jokić didn’t play, the Nuggets were a -28
-AG had a good game
-The entire bench was…yeesh. pic.twitter.com/iSr3Sa55aE10:16 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
FINAL: Jazz 125, Nuggets 102. 4gm losing streak is over, now 29-14 this season. Donovan 31/5/4. Gobert 18/19/2 on 7-7 FGs. Bogey 21p/5a/4r. Utah 15-39 from deep (38.5%). Denver just 44p in 2H on 19-49 shooting (38.8%). Jazz win 4Q 34-14. – 10:16 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets get blasted in the fourth quarter (34-14) as Utah snaps Denver’s two-game winning streak.
One team looked like it hadn’t played since Wednesday. The other looked like it was at the end of three in four. – 10:16 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
JAZZ WIN!!! pic.twitter.com/jaMTmj7UNN10:15 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz were plus 36 with Gobert on the floor tonight. – 10:14 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Man, I get Denver is depleted but them not getting anything in the win column on these monster Jokic triple-double nights has to be hard. – 10:14 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Some close talking between Rudy Gay and Bones Hyland to end this game… Gay wasn’t thrilled about Hyland’s contact after the whistle. – 10:14 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
all-star to all-star 🌟
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/VFliKgzURV10:10 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
pic.twitter.com/oliYUbbHwc10:06 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Monte Morris and Will Barton are a combined 3/16 from 3. It’s not just the bench.
The bench is simply the biggest problem, and games against G League teams should not change that thought process. – 10:06 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Tell me you haven’t scouted the Jazz one BLOB play without telling me you haven’t scouted the Jazz one BLOB play. – 10:06 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Mitchell has been terrific tonight, as has Gobert and Bogdanovic…..the Jazz played like a team that needed a win. They are up 116-97 with 4:18 remaining…the urgency from Utah tonight was impressive – 10:05 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Timeout, Mike Malone, Jazz up 19 with 4:18 left… and you get the feeling that this is the white flag timeout.
This will be a big win for the Jazz… they said Saturday that they needed this win and they got it in decisive fashion. – 10:05 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
rudy with the notre dime pic.twitter.com/TfBFXQ4wht10:05 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
For a guy that is on a 10-day and not getting any time, Zylan Cheatham is the ultimate team guy on the bench. – 10:04 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Denver’s legs are starting to leave them. The Jazz have a significant rest advantage tonight. Similar to the one golden state had on New Year’s Day – 10:04 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
O-reb by Rudy, dish to Royce, lay-in and a 111-95 lead. Pretty amazing game by Gobert — 16p (6-6 FGs), 17r, 2b. – 10:02 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nikola’s at 25-13-13 and a +9 in a game the Nuggets trail by 16. – 10:01 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
unbothered.
#NBAAllStar | @Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/CDiJcReGda10:01 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz up 16 with 5:51 left, Nuggets timeout. Great pass from Gobert to O’Neale there.
Nuggets B2B really hurt them, but their bench is just unsustainable. They need to pull a Exum-for-Clarkson type of trade ASAP. – 10:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Utah looks like a *slightly* different team with Rudy Gobert on the floor. – 10:01 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic is now 12 triple-doubles away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the 6th-most triple-doubles in NBA history, – 10:00 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
That’s 5 fouls on Jokic with 6:21 to play – 9:59 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Jokic picks up his 5th foul with 6:21 left. Hold your breath. – 9:59 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jokic picks up his 5th foul. – 9:59 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
In 2 minutes, Denver gives up an 11-0 run and commits five fouls. It’s unbelievably impressive, like looking at the Ark of the Covenant. – 9:55 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Rudy Gobert things 🔮
#NBAAllStar | @Rudy Gobert pic.twitter.com/ZU4QlMTa5u9:55 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jokic jumper stops a 15-0 Jazz run – 9:55 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Yikes, Nuggets bench. – 9:53 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Me: I ate taco bell while watching the game.
*waits til the 3Q ends cuz missing the start of the 4th might actually help my sanity*
Me, back from the bathroom: I see Denver’s bench also ate taco bell. – 9:52 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets are in the danger zone two minutes into the fourth. Malone already put AG back in, and here comes Monte. Won’t be long before Joker’s back. – 9:52 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
okay EP 👀
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/YxhMlsNApP9:49 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Utah scores the first 6 points of the 4th to take a 97-88 lead. Jazz currently on a 16-4 run. – 9:49 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
10-0 run by Jazz spanning end 3Q/start 4Q, and they’re now up 97-88. Big three-point play by Pascahll, then a made 3 by Conley. – 9:48 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz are on a 12-0 run and lead 97-88….Malone calls time. He needs to get Jokic back into the game but he’s only sat for 62 seconds thus far. The timeout gives him a bit more rest. Expect Jokic back at around the 10 min mark – 9:48 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Mike Malone gives Jokic a 1 minute break at the beginning of the 4th… immediate Jazz 6-0 run. Jazz lead 97-88 with 10:58 left. – 9:47 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jokic off the court after playing all of 3Q. Jazz need to take advantage here. – 9:46 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Jokic played the entire third quarter after playing last night.
Jazz have had three days off, lets see how long he sits to open the fourth. – 9:46 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
And again a terrific move from Eric Paschall… in and out dribble on Zeke Nnaji from the baseline – 9:46 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Buckle up pic.twitter.com/XNJvLOQdUp9:45 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Jazz/Nuggets got to be the sneakiest rivalry in the NBA. Since that bubble series every single one of these games has delivered war. – 9:45 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
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Eric Walden @tribjazz
End 3Q: Jazz 91, Nuggets 88. Slower period for Utah, outscored 30-23 thanks to shooting just 8 for 22. Rallied a bit at the end, at least. Don 23/3/5. Rudy 12/14/2. Jokic has 23/11/11. – 9:44 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Nuggets bricking every open three to end the quarter was a little rought, not gonna lie. – 9:43 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
mile high buckle up pic.twitter.com/v0LnBr7hjW9:43 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz up 91-88 at the end of 3Q. Just wild how much this game has turned on who is on the floor:
Gobert’s a +19 with a 3-point lead
Jokic a +11 with a 3-point deficit – 9:43 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The constant for the Jazz tonight is they have closed all three quarters well. They hold a slim 91-88 lead but Utah closed the third 6-0 and that gave them the slight advantage. – 9:43 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
☕️☕️☕️ pic.twitter.com/T4fpAYvPMz9:43 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic with another triple double in only three quarters. This time on the 2nd night of a B2B.
He’s up to:
23 points
10 rebounds
10 assists
And that is against one of, if not the best defensive Center in basketball. – 9:41 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic, sitting on a 23-point, 11-rebound, 11-assists triple-double, is now tied with Russell Westbrook for the NBA lead in triple-doubles (9). – 9:41 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jokic now has a 23/10/10 triple-double – 9:40 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Donovan Mitchell has been great at attacking in semi-transition tonight. – 9:40 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 😤 pic.twitter.com/EHkJ6Cc4qi9:39 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
There’s a fan here that is holding up what looks like a COVID themed poster with a pic of Gobert on it and it says “It’s all Rudy’s fault.” He’s walking through the crowd slowly showing it to everyone.
That seems in really poor taste imo. Ignorant, insensitive. – 9:36 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Jazz are tied with the Nuggets, 80-80. Rudy Gobert is +15. – 9:36 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Will Barton to the basket in the third quarter pic.twitter.com/dPWpJlMQmY9:35 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Bogey misses a layup, Jazz transition D is slow, and Barton simply goes right through Royce and directly to the hoop. 80-all with a FT coming for Barton. 3:27 left 3Q. – 9:35 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Will Barton driving the hoop and finishing has been wonderful. Maybe he’s finally getting that core strength back. – 9:35 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Game is tied: 80-80, 3:27 left 3Q. It’s a 20-7 Denver run. – 9:34 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
That’s a 20-7 run the #Nuggets just reeled off. Attacked the paint, hit the glass, rotated on defense.
80-80, with a Barton FT coming. – 9:34 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Tie game in Denver. The Nuggets have done a terrific job of getting to the basket with Gobert off the floor – 9:33 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Rudy Gay… can’t be forcing postup iso fadeaways, can’t be fouling in help defense. – 9:33 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
how do you say “sauce” in Croatian?
#TakeNote | @Bojan Bogdanovic pic.twitter.com/1ZJjLkUwI59:33 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
We’re seeing the birth of a superstar here in Denver. Bojan Bogdanovic is doing things prime Michael Jordan could only dream of. – 9:32 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
I bet Nuggets fans think Bojan Bogdanovic is the greatest player in NBA history. – 9:32 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Rudy Gobert QB1 pic.twitter.com/X7vuAieNmp9:26 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Game is getting a little chippy in the direction of the refs, but the Nuggets are sticking around for now. Gotta make progress soon though. – 9:24 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
19 points from 🕷
#NBAAllStar | @Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/qUoMC7UyRs9:24 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We’ve got @Jesser in the house tonight! pic.twitter.com/g7TG5Yo42f9:22 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Gobert got Jokić’s wrist on that missed layup. No-call. Nearly went the other way – 9:22 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Will Barton late-clock grenade toss to Jokic. Everybody take a drink. – 9:19 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Weigh in on the Jazz press row current conversation:
What is the correct month to ask someone to prom? – 9:16 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nuggets trail Utah Jazz 68-58 at the half.
Jokic has 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists.
Gordon has also had it going offensively as he has 16.
This has been a game of runs and Utah has pulled more of them off.
On the 2nd night of a b2b, Denver has to tighten up to end qtrs. – 9:11 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Also, it’s time for the Nuggets to start treating Bojan Bogdanovic as the most dangerous player on the Jazz. Gotta live with Mitchell threes. – 9:10 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑
JC: 3
Royce: 2
Don: 2
Bojan: 1
#Pura3Pointer | @pura pic.twitter.com/PSpqOSG48O9:09 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Numbers from the first 24 📊 pic.twitter.com/ETAr1L1xjo9:09 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
we’re the only sports fans upset with a clock today
#NBAAllStar | @Rudy Gobert pic.twitter.com/aKkiKR0bPc9:06 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets are 7-of-21 from three, which just isn’t good enough against a Jazz offense that is so much better than any offense I’ve seen so far.
They even doubled Jokić in the post while Gobert was guarding him. Monte missed the resulting three-pointer. – 9:06 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
HALFTIME: Jazz 68, Nuggets 58. Fun shootout in Denver. Heave at the buzzer didn’t count for Gobert, but he did have 11/9/1b. Donovan caught fire in 2Q and has 15p/3a. JC 12p. Bogey 11/3/3. Royce 9p. Jokic leads Denver with 18/6/6. Gordon 16/2/2. – 9:04 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they trail the Jazz 68-58.
-Jokić doesn’t see any defenders right now. He’s up to 18-6-6
-Bogdanovic doesn’t see any Nuggets, nor did Jordan Clarkson or Donovan Mitchell
-The bench was -14 in five minutes, and guard defense was biggest issue pic.twitter.com/g25KomCeYc9:04 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
update:
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/xzlbJBPiHv9:03 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz up 68-58 at the half. Jokic has been truly awesome, but the Jazz’s offense has been better: Mitchell had a run, Bogdanovic has been great, even O’Neale contributing on O. – 9:03 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
At the break pic.twitter.com/gHsDGkf0au9:03 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Bogdanovic buried another short look in the lane, and Malone just put his hands to his face. He barely watched the #Nuggets final offensive possession before walking to the locker room. Jazz up 68-58. – 9:02 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
…to think that could have been Gobert’s first career three. – 9:02 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
IN OUR HEART THAT COUNTED – 9:02 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
HOLY oh my GOBERT whaaaaa – 9:02 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz lead the Nuggets 68-58 at halftime. The Gobert heave was late. Good two way half from Utah. – 9:02 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
That’s the most amazing full-court shot I’ve ever seen from Gobert just now… holy cow. I don’t think it’ll count, but wow. – 9:02 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Spida hits his second triple 🕷🕷
#NBAAllStar | @Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/O0lqZXpP049:01 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
He’ll take that, thank you
@BallCorpHQ | #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/zg4EZvAW6V9:01 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
don: feeling it – 8:59 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
8-0 Jazz run as they turn up the intensity on both ends – 8:59 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Jokic drove, and at the very last second, adjusted his arm angle on Gobert to draw the foul. A) he loves going against Gobert, but B) it’s stuff like that that leads to so many crazy scratches on his arm. – 8:55 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
hi JOK3R – 8:55 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Uh oh. Rudy Gobert just airballed that free throw so badly. – 8:53 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The kids are alright pic.twitter.com/ZBEW6dhcYT8:52 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jazz have 2p in the last 4:11 of action. Been a bit of a passive start from Don and Mike thus far — a combined 6p on 3-8 FGs, plus 6a. Lead is down to 49-45. – 8:52 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Nuggets with a run of their own and they cut the Jazz lead to 49-45…9-2 over the last few minutes….Snyder calls timeout in order to get Gobert back into the game – 8:50 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Nuggets go on a run with Rudy Gobert off the floor… he’s a +15 in a game the Jazz now lead by just 4. – 8:50 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
found him pic.twitter.com/CKqjsP6nLK8:49 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Rudy Gay’s gettin away with a lot in these matchups against Jokić. – 8:48 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic just went and bear-hugged Aaron Gordon to show the official how Utah is defending him. – 8:48 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jazz going with Gobert staggered against the Nuggets bench and he is feasting simply by being massive. Denver is having little to no luck agaisnt him on either end. – 8:46 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic returns to an 11-point hole.
#Nuggets have three airballs in the last two minutes. – 8:45 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
mike money moves
#NBAAllStar | @Mike Conley pic.twitter.com/CQobstEXFr8:45 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Rudy is enjoying these non-Jokic minutes – 8:45 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Malone takes TO 66 seconds into the second quarter after consecutive Jazz buckets. Bench unit is getting waxed. – 8:40 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Paschall on the court to start the 2Q, alongside Mike, JC, Ingles, and Gobert. – 8:40 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
flame on (and on and on) ☮️ pic.twitter.com/OWyx5Pn1Qz8:40 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Looks like Eric Paschall played his way into a rotation spot. – 8:39 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz have scored 13 consecutive points – 8:39 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Is Eric Paschall the new Trent Forrest???👀 – 8:38 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
End 1Q: Jazz 37, Nuggets 33. Nice bounce-back from Utah after going down 8-0. JC with 12p on 3-3 shooting, Bogey 9p on 4-6. After a slow start from 3, Jazz wind up 5-13. Defense still needs to improve — Nuggets shot 56.5% overall, 4-9 from 3. – 8:37 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
High-scoring opening frame pic.twitter.com/ulGsBac7Mf8:37 PM

Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
That was very fun, Jordan Clarkson – 8:36 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
pic.twitter.com/TPGcCBmf1w8:36 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
First quarter: Defense optional. Jazz up 37-33.
Jordan Clarkson just came in and torched Denver’s second unit for 12 points in 4 minutes.
That’s going to be Davon Reed’s primary responsibility moving forward. – 8:36 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Jordan Clarkson has 12 in the first quarter and leads an 11-2 run to close the quarter. Utah leads 37-33. – 8:36 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz up 37-33 after 1Q.
Jordan Clarkson: 3-3 FG, 3-3 3P, 3-3 FT, for 12 points. 12… 1+2 = 3.
The Triple Team is JC endorsed. – 8:36 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jordan Clarkson has 12 points and many of them have come in Bones’ grill. – 8:36 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Oh 😳😳😳
#NBAAllStar | @Rudy Gobert pic.twitter.com/XRlPcxZMFI8:36 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Nuggets take Jokic off the floor and the Jazz take advantage of those two minutes. They go on a run and they lead denver 37-33 after 12 minutes – 8:35 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
This pass from Bones Hyland to Nikola Jokić is elite. pic.twitter.com/jWfXgGY06f8:34 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
that’s too easy 💪 pic.twitter.com/7RmCaz1PCi8:33 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
recent jersey retiree, @Royce O’Neale pic.twitter.com/CvJ9ks4uqL8:32 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Bojan with the fake pass 👀
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/6HteDLdQ2L8:31 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
12 points in the first quarter for @Aaron Gordon 🔥 pic.twitter.com/lxFnuRqffl8:31 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets +3 in Jokić’s first 10 minutes. – 8:31 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Just as Malone did yesterday with no JaMychal Green, he pulled Jeff Green early and is now subbing him back in to play backup five. He’ll anchor second unit with Facu, Bones, Davon and Zeke. – 8:31 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Zeke Nnaji got Gobert switched into him and Gay switched onto Jokic. He elected to iso Gobert. – 8:31 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Not a good defensive quarter for Will Barton. – 8:26 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Very curious how the Rudy Gay at C vs Jokic matchup works the 2nd time around. And what the Nuggets’ game plan is for these minutes. – 8:25 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
welcome back, @Rudy Gobert!
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/gRAsJtIs7S8:25 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Nice response for the Jazz, who are on a 9-3 run — led by some nice hustle plays from Bogey and a couple dunks by Gobert.. – 8:24 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
6:19 remaining in the first quarter. The Jazz trail the Nuggets 18-16 – 8:23 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Little bit more good news: Just noticed Popeye Jones on the #Nuggets bench. He’s out of health and safety protocols. – 8:22 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz answer with the post-timeout run. Bogdanovic with the steal and the runout basket, that was big, and then good execution to get a lob for Gobert and a 3 for Royce. – 8:22 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
1 RT = 1 Vote!
#NBAAllStar | @Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/KPm0rvTBf48:21 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
9 quick points from Aaron Gordon, and the Nuggets lead the Jazz 15-7 with 8:04 left 1Q. Denver 6-9 shooting. – 8:18 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Aaron Gordon with 9 points in the first four minutes. #Nuggets up 15-7. Gordon playing with confidence, inside paint and from deep. And checking Mitchell on the other end. – 8:18 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
OKAY, AG 😳 pic.twitter.com/qzl81NjL798:18 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz trail the Nuggets 15-7 with 8:04 remaining in the first quarter. Spread that to 12 minutes and denver is on pace for a 45 point quarter, which is to say the Jazz are not playing well defensively in the first four minutes – 8:17 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Timeout, Snyder, as Jazz get down to a 15-7 deficit in Denver.
Aaron Gordon has 9, Bogdanovic has been the biggest bad defense culprit so far. – 8:17 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Nuggets start the game on an 8-0 run – 8:15 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The Jazz play with these shoes when they’re standing next to the sidelines. pic.twitter.com/CETS1na0I58:14 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Now is the time to make justice a reality for all. pic.twitter.com/DHpGqzdsiV8:14 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin spoke pregame about the Jazz limiting their turnovers the past few games. Two already tonight. – 8:14 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Nikola Jokic opens the game with a left-handed hook over Rudy Gobert. – 8:12 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Nikola Jokić’s video as he’s introduced in the Denver Nuggets starting lineup features a bunch of winks. pic.twitter.com/awXoObqzHf8:09 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
welcome back, big fella!
#StartingLineup | @ZionsBank pic.twitter.com/uWCeODROcF8:00 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Staying loose 😄 pic.twitter.com/g3yjW1trv57:45 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Michael Porter Jr. is also trending in the right direction. He has found a groove and also is getting a bit more lift on his shot. pic.twitter.com/AB5eRZ15kg7:31 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Sunday starters
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/TM6Sip9o697:30 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are out to get some work in.
Jamal has been moving well in warm ups. Best that I’ve seen from him in quite some time. Getting closer. pic.twitter.com/X3Yzu9963n7:28 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Austin Rivers (Non-COVID illness) is OUT for tonight’s game.
#MileHighBasketball7:07 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
We’re back!
📺 @ATTSportsNetRM Jazz Pregame Show at 5:30 PM MT pic.twitter.com/winOn5tCl37:01 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Quin Snyder says to expect Rudy Gobert and Rudy Gay to play their normal allotment of minutes tonight. – 6:53 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Joe Ingles just walked out for his warmup holding a drink, walked right up to Jeff Green posting up, and tried to kick the ball out of his hands.
The two shared a laugh and a hug. Former Jazz teammates. – 6:46 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin Snyder said that both Rudy G’s will probably play around their normal minutes. He wants to see how they look coming back, and in the altitude at Denver, but, “I want them to push themselves.” – 6:39 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin Snyder said that a couple of positives from the past few games are that the turnovers have been down, and the Jazz are gaining a better understanding of how best to space the court in small-ball lineups. – 6:37 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Make sure to join us ahead of tonight’s game for some competitions on the @uchealth sport court, where you can compete for prizes!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/za7wWjaEwp6:35 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone, asked by @ChrisMarlowe what it’s like to coach Bones, called it joyful. Said when he’s rolling, he’s the happiest guy out there, dancing & blowing kisses. When he’s not, said he turns quiet — “a bad poker player.” Challenged him to find happy medium. – 6:25 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Nuggets coach Michael Malone says Austin Rivers will not play tonight against the Jazz. Rivers will miss his second game with a non-covid illness. – 6:23 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Malone: “It’s evident the last 4 games how important Gobert is to the Jazz defense. They’ve lost 4 in a row and given up a high number of points, which is very un-Jazz-like.” – 6:23 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Austin Rivers is OUT tonight.
Denver will have 10 players. – 6:22 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone said Austin Rivers is still out with a non-COVID illness. – 6:22 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Noted Jazz killer Austin Rivers is not available tonight, due to a non-COVID illness. – 6:21 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone highlighted Bojan Bogdanovic as a Nuggets killer. Said last year he averaged 31 ppg in head to head matchups, had 36 last game vs Denver.
I expect Jeff Green to get the primary assignment. He’s a matchup Denver didn’t have last Utah game. – 6:21 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Lakers’ status report for tmw’s game vs. Jazz: pic.twitter.com/qN6FtP5P3L6:21 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Michael Malone, on the previous meeting with the Jazz: “Everyone was so busy talking about Donovan Mitchell, and rightly so, Mike Conley, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert — Bogdanovic just kicked our butts. … We have to account for Bogdanovic tonight.” – 6:21 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Nuggets coach Michael Malone with a lot of praise for Bogdanovic and says “We have to account for Bogdanovic.” – 6:20 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Nuggets coach Michael Malone begins his pregame media by noting that Denver is playing its 3rd gm in 4 nights, while the Jazz have had 3 days off; also, in 3 of the team’s 4 matchups this season, Denver is on the 2nd night of a B2B, while the Jazz are coming off of rest. – 6:17 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone on the schedule disadvantage Denver faces vs Utah tonight: “It’s not their fault…I think the league has to do a better job of figuring that out.” – 6:17 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 13 3-pointers for the squad tonight?
Sign up with @PointsBetUSA to receive your first bets risk-free up to $2K: bit.ly/3DlZTq7
#MileHighBasketball5:02 PM

Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Are the Utah Jazz any more than a ‘solid playoff team?’ https://t.co/QE1wiqXPbu pic.twitter.com/rPFWFA3sZv4:56 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Know a Utah educator who deserves to be recognized?
Nominate them here! ⬇️
#UtahJazzMVE | @Instructure4:41 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Injury report update:
Austin Rivers is QUESTIONABLE with a non-COVID Illness.
Markus Howard is still on G League assignment, and the Nuggets haven’t added anyone other than James Ennis via 10-day.
They will have either 10 or 11 players available tonight on a b2b. – 4:10 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Murray, Porter, Cancar, Dozier and JaMychal Green are all out.
Markus Howard is on a G-League assignment.
Austin Rivers is questionable with a non-Covid illness.
Will Barton III is no longer on the injury report. pic.twitter.com/YeNwUcSajc3:52 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Tonight’s game will celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
We asked some of the guys to talk about what #MLKDay means to them ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/zA7VCBnmt63:30 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The @Utah Jazz will be at near full-strength when they face the @Denver Nuggets tonight, and the team’s defense will be the top concern.
kslsports.com/?p=4769443:27 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Jazz used to be the most machine-like efficient team in the league.
The Suns have taken that moniker now. They are just ruthlessly efficient in getting the shots they want. – 3:16 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
After two major blowouts, the Nuggets are back up to 15th in offensive rating.
They ranked 24th after the Clippers loss two games ago. – 2:55 PM

Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
After the Bills game, Steve Conley wrote on FB that I must be in Heaven. And there were a whole string of messages from people who thought I was dead. They weren’t even rejoicing! #GoBills2:26 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Dinner in Denver 📍
⏰ 6 PM MT
📺 @ATTSportsNetRM
📻 @ZoneSportsNet
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/WfHpJdELWr2:03 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Read up on the keys to our third matchup of the season against the Jazz 📝
#MileHighBasketball
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…2:00 PM





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