Printed on: November 27, 2012
Jazz rally, still perfect in the SLC
By Lynn DeBruin
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points and Derrick Favors made three free throws down the stretch, helping the Utah Jazz remain unbeaten at home with a 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
The Nuggets had a chance to tie it with 3.6 seconds left but Ty Lawson was double-teamed and passed too late for Corey Brewer to get off a final shot.
The Jazz, who improved to 6-0 at home, trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and were down 12 with 7:27 left in the third before going on a 14-2 run to tie it at 77.
The Nuggets played the rest of the way without Andre Iguodala, who was ejected with 3:24 left in the third. He had 10 points, three rebounds and three turnovers.
Favors added a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds, including two in the final minute.
Kenneth Faried led Denver with 21 points.
Lawson added 16 points for the Nuggets, but shot just 7 of 17.
The Nuggets held a 48-18 advantage on points in the paint at halftime but had just 18 the rest of the way as the Jazz buckled down and started playing defense.
The game turned in the third quarter, usually the Nuggets best quarter in recent games as they were riding a four-game winning streak.
Down 12, the Jazz went on their own run, with back-to-back 3-pointers by Randy Foye and Marvin Williams tying it at 77.
Foye then tied up Iguodala on the next possession, and won the jump, leaving Iguodala complaining.
NOTES: The Jazz entered the game as one of only three teams undefeated at home, along with Miami and the New York Knicks. ... Mo Williams (sprained foot) expects to return for the Jazz road trip.