Jazz vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Jazz vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Jazz vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Utah Jazz (28-10) play against the Denver Nuggets (18-18) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Wednesday January 5, 2022

Utah Jazz 115, Denver Nuggets 109 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic wasn’t making these types of defensive plays at the rim with a ton of regularity last season. This year he is. Jokic had two blocks tonight. This one kept Denver alive late in the fourth. pic.twitter.com/kQIdqBxqCj3:22 AM

Michael Singer @msinger
Also think “Bogdani” and “Don” should be adopted as new nicknames by anyone affiliated with the Jazz. pic.twitter.com/4QNe4SEXJH3:20 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
NEW episode of Pickaxe and Roll is up.
Thoughts on Denver’s 115-109 loss to Utah, including:
-Jokić vs Utah small ball
-Bojan going off again
-Denver’s backcourt erratics
Plus, thoughts on the trade rumor from the Denver Post on wing/big upgrades. denverstiffs.com/2022/1/6/22870…3:17 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
For almost two years, Udoka Azubuike has been a source of contention for Utah Jazz fans. On Wednesday night, he was a driving force in one of the best wins of the season. Inside a surprise start and minutes against the MVP, in this story here – theathletic.com/3054136/2022/0…3:01 AM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Bogdanovic, Gay help Jazz get past Nuggets for ‘most unique’ win of the year ksl.com/article/503231…2:33 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic is the first player since Billy Cunningham (Dec. 20, 1970) to post 26+ points, 21+ rebounds and 11+ assists in a game, per Nuggets PR. – 2:19 AM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Udoka Azubuike thought it was a joke when he was told he’d be starting against the Nuggets.
It wasn’t.
ksl.com/article/503231…2:19 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Asked Monte Morris how different it’s felt without Michael Malone on the sideline. Denver was also without three of its top-4 assistants tonight. Thought he gave some really good insight: “It’s tough on anybody, but Popeye’s doing a great job.” pic.twitter.com/GEKK2X3hmy1:46 AM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
goodnight, jazz twitter – 1:34 AM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Rudy Gay: “I came into this league a shooting guard. Now I’m a center.” – 1:15 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Updated 3P% for Nuggets rotation players this year:
Good
Monte Morris – 39.0
Will Barton – 36.2
Average
Facu Campazzo – 35.8
Davon Reed – 35.0
Nikola Jokić – 34.8
Jeff Green – 33.0
Aaron Gordon – 33.0
Bad
Bones Hyland – 31.5
Austin Rivers – 29.5
JaMychal Green – 25.0 – 1:07 AM
David Locke @DLocke09
POSTCAST – Bojan Bogdanovic leads Utah Jazz to 10th straight road win – lockedonjazz.net/jazz/postcast-…1:05 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Battled hard until the end.
Takeaways from tonight’s game 📝
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…1:05 AM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
“I just feel great and am just doing whatever it takes to be aggressive and win the game.”
#PerformanceLeader | @UofUHealth pic.twitter.com/6omndwUtSt1:02 AM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Watch out West. The Jazz has won 10 straight road games with tonight’s victory at Denver. It’s the third time they’ve won 10-straight road games in franchise history (won 15 straight in 1994-95 and 12 straight in 2018). @ESPNStatsInfo pic.twitter.com/hlRjCXrMLS1:02 AM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Instant analysis: Bojan Bogdanovic was the star in the Jazz’s shorthanded win over the Nuggets https://t.co/tthFq773Bq pic.twitter.com/pzhetnkOZD1:00 AM

Michael Singer @msinger
There’s a new #Nuggets PR intern who was asked to run the Zoom. Nikola had never seen him before.
*middle of the press conference*
“What’s your name?”
“Ben”
“I’m Nikola. Nice to meet you.” – 12:59 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic arrives at the podium postgame double fisting two smoothies and way earlier than he normally does: “Don’t I say I never did anything for you guys.” – 12:59 AM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
📹| 36 points for 44 🇭🇷
#TakeNote | @ZionsBank pic.twitter.com/L11Cg0Hr5012:55 AM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Salaries of the five players who have grabbed 16 rebounds in at least three consecutive games this season:
Rudy Gobert, $35.3 million
Nikola Jokic, $30.5 million
Nikola Vucevic, $24 million
Clint Capela, $17.1 million
Omer Yurtseven, $1.5 million – 12:53 AM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Udoka Azubuike: “One of the coaches brought me over and was like ‘Yeah, you’re starting.’ At first, I thought it was a joke. I thought he was joking with me. He was just showing me coverages and how to guard Joker.” – 12:50 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Popeye Jones on Nikola Jokic: “He’s a special guy. He’s the type of guy that if I had a daughter, I’d want my daughter to bring Nikola Jokic home and say, ‘Hey Dad, this is who I’m going to marry.’ I know she would be in good hands.” – 12:49 AM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
📹| Short some key players, @Rudy Gay says it was all about adapting.
“That’s the NBA. Things happen … but you have to be resilient.”
#walkoffinterview | @lhmauto pic.twitter.com/tYYleW1Ebb12:49 AM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Udoka Azubuike said he had no idea he was going to start until shortly before gametime: “It was a last-minute thing. It was right before the game started. I thought it was a joke. ‘What do you mean?’” – 12:49 AM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Some @OmerYurtseven5 notes…
– 3rd Heat player with 10 straight games of 10 rebounds (Whiteside, Seikaly)
– 3rd Heat player with 3 straight games of 16 rebounds (also Whiteside, Seikaly)
– 5th player with 3 straight 16-rebound games this season (Gobert, Jokic, Capela, Vucevic) – 12:48 AM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
📹| The best buckets from our 10th straight road win ⤵️
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/9LsHitU3pv12:45 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets have dropped back to .500 at 18-18 and are 8th in the West. Perfectly average. – 12:45 AM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Udoka Azubuike when told he was making his first NBA start against the Nikola Jokic.
“When they first told me, I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit nervous.”
#TakeNote | @kslsports12:44 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Monte Morris said he kept his shot sharp on his pop-a-shot while during quarantine. – 12:42 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jokic had 26-21-11 and I don’t think he tried to really take over the game like that. He was mostly doing this in the flow. He’s ridiculously good – 12:42 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin Snyder, on what he liked about the Jazz’s performance: “A lot of things, beginning with Dok. For him to come in for his first NBA start and play against arguably the best player in the game right now — the minutes he gave us were incredibly important.” – 12:42 AM
David Locke @DLocke09
Bojan Bogdanovic leads Utah Jazz to 10th straight road win twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…12:40 AM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
“It’s the most unique game that we’ve won this year.”
Quin Snyder on the @Utah Jazz win over the @Denver Nuggets.
#TakeNote | @kslsports12:37 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Popeye Jones on Bojan Bogdanovic:
“He’s been a thorn in the side of the Nuggets for a long time.” – 12:36 AM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Quin called Nikola Jokic “arguably the best player in the world right now,” so there’s something for that argument – 12:36 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Popeye Jones just said that Denver lost two more coaches to health and safety protocols. They were scrambling tonight. – 12:34 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Not to the level of Jokic-Markieff but definitely a strong #NoPlaceForThat Twitter event here @dieter12:33 AM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
The Nuggets went back to Rivers to close the game and my first thought was that it was a terrible decision but then I went through the alternatives and I just don’t think there was a better option. Certainly not a sure-fire option. – 12:32 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Popeye Jones: “We gave up both.”
Jazz had 14 3-pointers and 58 points in the paint. – 12:32 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets for the Nuggets as they lose to the Jazz 115-109.
-Offense wasn’t the issue. Defense couldn’t get stops, and Bojan kicked Denver’s butt up and down the floor
-Jokić 26-21-11 is ludicrous
-2/14 on threes for Facu, Rivers, Bones, Rayjon, and JaMyke pic.twitter.com/L83936tVeg12:31 AM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
a nice, round number 🖤
𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐘 4-year scholarships earned this season.
#UtahJazzScholarship pic.twitter.com/NnB5XpV3B012:28 AM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
How I feel watching Jokic playing his best basketball during a hopeless season. pic.twitter.com/m2DjERvIU912:27 AM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
NEW STORY:
Tonight, I spoke with new RSL owners David Blitzer and Ryan Smith, along with MLS commissioner Don Garber.
Why did Blitzer buy in to Salt Lake? What do they want to accomplish with RSL?
Oh, and are the Utah Royals coming back?
sltrib.com/sports/rsl/202…12:26 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Nikola Jokic tonight:
26 PTS
21 REB
11 AST
10-17 FG
He is the only player with multiple 25/20/11 games since the three-point era (1980). pic.twitter.com/M1WKTpmgDx12:25 AM

Rudy Gobert @rudygobert27
Big time winnnnnnnn #takenote12:25 AM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
next-man-up W ✔️
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/kmhXueJjpS12:25 AM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
This will be 10 consecutive wins on the road for the Jazz. They move to 14-3 away from home, the best in the league. They are 17-4 in their last 21 games, the best record in the league over that time span. The trip gets tougher from here. Three in four nights and brutal travel – 12:24 AM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz beat Nuggets 115-109. Without Rudy Gobert, without Hassan Whiteside, without Joe Ingles, Jazz get a win against Denver on the road.
Jokic had 26 points, 21 rebs, 11 assists. Bogdanovic had 36 points on 12-20 FG, including 11-14 from 2-point range. – 12:24 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz defeat the Nuggets 115-109 in a candidate for win of the year. Utah survives Jokic without Gobert or Whiteside. Bogdanovic goes bonkers. Gay makes shots. Dok turns in impressive minutes. Utah moves to 28-10 on the season. Trip moves to Toronto and the raptors on Friday – 12:23 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Quietly, Will Barton worked things back to a pretty solid performance. 20 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 7/17 shooting and zero turnovers. – 12:22 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
That’ll do it. #Nuggets fall to 18-18 with 115-109 loss to Utah.
Spoiled Joker’s 26/21/11 line. – 12:22 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic with another ridiculous night: 26 points, 21 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 blocks
Nuggets fall 115-109 and back to .500 – 12:22 AM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Jazz beat Nuggets, 115-109, and they do it without their starting and backup centers. – 12:22 AM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Pretty much flawless night by Monte Morris in his return will be overshadowed by that questionable shot.
Nikola Jokic was not happy about it. – 12:22 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
FINAL: Jazz 115, Nuggets 109. No Gobert, Whiteside, Ingles? Yeah, Utah will take this. 10 straight road wins, 28-10 overall. Bogey 36/13/4. Gay 18/7. Royce 13/11/5. Mike 10/6a/4r. Don 17p. JC 13p. Jokic an absurd 26/21/11. Jazz road trip continues Friday in Toronto. – 12:22 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Bojan Bogdanovic: 36 points. 13 rebounds. 12-20 from the field. He made one three. 11-13 from the line. Just a monstrous effort from the small forward – 12:21 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
26 points.
21 rebounds.
11 assists.
#NikolaJokic #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/Y88WQipDx812:21 AM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
the leak out ✅
the outlet ✅
the dunk ✅ pic.twitter.com/MdO5YRd2OC12:21 AM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Bogdanovic to the line with a Jazz 4 point lead, 9 seconds left… looks done.
He has 36 points, 13 rebounds, truly great performance. – 12:20 AM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz up 113-104, Mitchell hits a midranger, timeout, Denver.
“He must be on a roll, because that was butter,” Mark Jones says. – 12:17 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Pretty blueprint performance for the Jazz without Gobert. Be great offensively. Fight like hell on the defensive end and get as many stops as possible. The Nuggets were going to score, but the Jazz just kept scoring whenever needed. This would be a good win – 12:17 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
This hasn’t been Don’s best game, but that pull-up jumper to stretch the Jazz’s lead to 113-104 with 1:11 remaining is sending the Ball Arena crowd to the exits. – 12:17 AM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Man Aaron Gordon let that thing go like it had a chance – 12:15 AM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Encouraging how well Monte Morris has played in his first game back from covid protocols. – 12:15 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Monte Morris is really good at all three levels – 12:14 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz call time in order to get mike Conley on the floor – 12:12 AM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Ocho three counter: 🎱🎱🎱🎱
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/aKpQ0skL6m12:10 AM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
I think this is the best that the “Rudy Gay at the 5” offense has looked all season – 12:07 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Royce O’Neale should be the short roller in any small ball Jazz lineups. He’s literally phenomenal on the short roll. Makes the right read almost every time. Jazz up 105-95…..4:54 remaining – 12:07 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Cool JaMychal. Good foul. Jazz one away from the bonus. – 12:06 AM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic has a triple double of 22 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.
There’s still over seven minutes left in the game.
That’s just absurd. – 12:05 AM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Bojan Bogdanovic has three career double-doubles and two of them have come in the last four games. – 12:05 AM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Jordan Clarkson picks up his 5th foul. 6:23 left to play – 12:03 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Monte Morris bangs his fifth 3-pointer of the night to seal Nikola Jokic’s 7th triple-double of the season.
He’s got 22/18/10 … and the #Nuggets are closing. – 12:03 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
BIG GAME TAE – 12:02 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jazz offense has gone cold. Almost as cold as the Thursday forecast in Denver. – 12:02 AM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Barton and Monte should be able to get those 10-footers every time down with how the Jazz are guarding Jokic. – 11:58 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
EP with a new-dad bucket 🏀 pic.twitter.com/aGrJCYcEhU11:57 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
9:09 remaining: the Jazz lead the Nuggets 94-86…..Jokic back for the remainder of this one – 11:56 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bones is slumping on both ends too. Denver’s backcourt is a disaster. – 11:56 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Quin Snyder decides to pay small with Rudy Gay at center.
Popeye Jones counters with Will Barton at the five. – 11:55 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jokic back in with 9:31 to go. Jazz maintained their 10p advantage. – 11:55 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
11 threes and a quarter to go 🌧
#Pura3Pointer | @pura pic.twitter.com/r3NKiWJAk311:52 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
12 minutes to go ⏱
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/fEtjsmziYQ11:50 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
12 minutes left for a comeback pic.twitter.com/1NG9dhB0WQ11:50 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Denver’s down 10 entering the 4h — that Barton buzzer-beater wasn’t in time — but if the Nuggets can keep their deficit to 10 or less over the next few minutes they’ve got a chance. Jokic started to assert his dominance in the 3rd. He’ll be back in around the 8/9-minute mark. – 11:48 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
As it turns out, Barton got that off late. So the Jazz lead the Nuggets 88-78 – 11:48 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
End 3Q: Jazz 88, Nuggets 80. Last basket under review. Huuuuuge quarter for Bogey, who dominated in the midrange (he’s up to 30p, 9r, 3a). Don came alive, too, now at 15/2/2. – 11:48 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Bojan with a season-high 30 points and there’s a quarter to go 🎶
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/fWQR3cbt8511:47 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
End of three. The Jazz lead the Nuggets 88-80….. – 11:47 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jeff Green would have been good to have in this game. He’s a natural matchup for defending Bogdanovic. – 11:45 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
When a color commentator makes a mistake and says the wrong thing, someone at the network typically corrects them and they apologize.
Does NOBODY know how to say Jokic at ESPN? – 11:44 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Nikola has entered takeover mode 😤 pic.twitter.com/LeFNaLSRJQ11:43 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jokic (who’s up to 22/16/8) checks out for a bit. Let’s see what the Jazz do during this stretch. – 11:43 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
year 1️⃣6️⃣ strength pic.twitter.com/imcHSYrVqs11:41 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jokic is taking over this game….it’s crazy that he’s got 21, 16 and 8 and has only really exerted himself in the last few possessions – 11:41 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Joker takeover – 11:41 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
This is a wild lineup of Nikola, Monte, Bones, Rayjon and Davon. Anyway, Jokic up to 19/16/8. – 11:38 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
hello JOK3R – 11:37 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
JC finds Royce for the triple! 👀
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/Gd9xPTtfhi11:37 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jazz open 3Q on a 20-9 run, and their lead is up to 77-65. Popeye Jones calls timeout, looking to stop the bleeding. Don is suddenly up to 15p. – 11:33 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Mitchell has taken advantage of Jokic in the midrange this third quarter. Just coming hard off screens, reading his drop and hitting floaters. Jazz up 77-65….5:27 remaining in the third quarter – 11:33 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Don with his Mike impression 🎈 pic.twitter.com/Z8PUSup6sr11:33 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Donovan Mitchell scoring with so much ease right now. Utah opens up 77-65 lead, with 20-9 scoring edge in the third quarter. #Nuggets offering no resistance and playing clunky, predictable offense. – 11:33 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
making the clock work for you 🕷
#NBAAllStar | @Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/q6ZK4b4STC11:26 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Jamal Murray came out to end halftime and made a free throw and the Ball Arena crowd went nuts.
I miss this. – 11:25 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Somebody please get Monte Morris on the court. – 11:25 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I’m just happy I get to watch Jokic play basketball. What a player. – 11:25 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Pretty sure Mitchell is gonna be a lot more aggressive in looking for his offense in the third quarter – 11:19 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
They just did a Jumbotron weather report and part of tomorrow in Denver will be ZERO degrees. I believe I’ll go to Toronto instead. pic.twitter.com/pRXWzHadFY11:19 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Your halftime entertainment: Facu Campazzo gets four-straight stops vs. Jamal Murray 1-on-1. pic.twitter.com/NNZrJWe6Wl11:18 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray out on the court getting a tiny bit of work in. Crowd went nuts every time he made a shot (all of which were pre-this video 😂) pic.twitter.com/faOsbAkbtb11:17 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
10 PTS | 10 REB | 7 AST
In the first half.
⭐️ RT to vote #NikolaJokic to #NBAAllStar ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/bj9T7hd9Az11:15 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
This ESPN broadcast for Jazz-Nuggets hit the first-half trifecta:
✅ Pronounced the MVP’s name as “Djokovic”
✅ Told TWO stories about how Jokic used to be fat as a kid
✅ Asked if LeBron was ROBBED of player of the month (Donovan Mitchell won) – 11:13 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Looking good at the break 👌 pic.twitter.com/7rLLUnsgBc11:11 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets who trail the Utah Jazz 57-56.
-Jokić a +5 in his minutes at 10-10-7 lol. Nuggets -6 without him
-Barton is 1/8, and there’s not a whole lot to like about the rest of his game
-Facu was very good, started bad defensively but still good pic.twitter.com/vMaZ9fLEsC11:07 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic’s first half: 10 points on 4-5 shooting, 10 rebounds, 7 assists. Jazz have doubled him hard all night. – 11:07 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Bojan with 19 points at the break 💛
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/DWntfTpPb811:07 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nuggets trail the Gobert-less Jazz 57-56 at the half.
Gordon leads the Nuggets with 13 points, Monte has knocked down 3 triples in his return and Jokic is up to 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
If you’re Coach Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 11:07 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Got a good one on our hands pic.twitter.com/eBfGOUQtba11:06 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
HALFTIME: Jazz 57, Nuggets 56. Bogey is Utah’s leading scorer (19) AND rebounder (5). Jazz went 10-27 from 3. They also got nice performances from Mike and Rudy Gay. Don had a fairly anonymous 7p/2r/1a half. Joker leading Denver 10/10/7. Aaron Gordon 13p. – 11:05 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Halftime: Hawks lead the Kings 54-45. The Hawks are only shooting 39.6%, but the Kings are shooting just 33.3%. Davion Mitchell is 0 of 8. Marvin Bagley III is 1 of 6. Tyrese Haliburton is 2 of 7. – 11:05 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Davion Mitchell is 0-for-8 from the field in the first half. – 11:05 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Monte Morris with 9 off the bench in the first half. #Nuggets were missing his 3-point shooting/composure. Also, couple really nice assists from Rayjon Tucker to close the half.
57-56 Utah at the break. – 11:04 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
End of the first half in Denver. The Jazz lead the Nuggets 57-56….Bogdanovic leads everyone with 19….Jokic nearly has a first half triple double. 10, 10 rebounds and 7 assists – 11:04 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
MONT333 MORRIS – 11:03 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The Magician always has a trick up his sleeve 🪄 pic.twitter.com/jGLg9Sv7TU11:01 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bogdanovic is taking Aaron Gordon to the wood shed. – 11:00 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Gordon/Jokic/Rivers/Campazzo are a combined 14-of-18 in the first half. – 10:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
When the Nuggets build a statue of Nikola Jokić, what pose should he be doing? – 10:58 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
🚨 🅱🅾🅶🅴🆈 🅳🆄🅽🅺 🚨
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/zFvtZn4ryP10:57 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic has a chance to grab the triple-double by halftime.
9-9-7 with 3 minutes left. – 10:54 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic has 9 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds with 3:40 left in the first half. – 10:53 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Facuuuuuu carving them up 👀 – 10:52 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jordan Clarkson just threw a temper tantrum on the court and somehow avoided a tech lol – 10:51 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jordan Clarkson gets called for the foul, falls at the feet of the official who looks at him like a parent would look at a toddler in the middle of a tantrum – 10:50 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Jordan Clarkson reaction gif. – 10:49 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Don and Bogey running into each other as Aaron Gordon goes in for an uncontested dunk is *probably* not what was supposed to happen there – 10:49 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jazz are now 9 for 20 from 3-point range. #Nuggets are 4 for 13. – 10:49 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
give him a ⁱᵗᵗˡᵉ room ☮️
#TakeNote | @Jordan Clarkson pic.twitter.com/k1uKrRDWia10:45 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Rudy Gay is 3-4 from 3, the Jazz are 8-17 from 3, and WHO NEEDS CENTERS ANYWAY?!?! Jazz lead is 36-28. – 10:44 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Rudy Gay is cooking and the Jazz have a 36-28 lead with 8:27 remaining in the first half. Conley has been directing the second unit beautifully….they are getting a good shot every possession with him on the floor – 10:44 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
I’m not sure the last time Bol Bol scored at Ball Arena in non-novelty minutes. Had a nice floater along the baseline, and the crowd let him hear it.
Will reiterate: I think, especially with Vlatko out, Bol has a little runway. – 10:44 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The fact that Quin Snyder isn’t giving us a Udoka Azubuike vs. Bol Bol matchup right now is one of the great lost opportunities in NBA history.
Unforgivable really. – 10:43 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
N🚫 ENTRY
@BallCorpHQ x #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/4QRxn8X6Wc10:40 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jordan Clarkson vs. Will Barton pic.twitter.com/fmPDgLFTqC10:40 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bol Bol is checking in to start the second quarter. He’ll roll with J-Myke, Bones, Monte and Barton. – 10:38 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
JaMychal Green’s block at the first-quarter buzzer woke Ball Arena up a bit. Strong start for Green off the bench — 6 points, 1 rebound in 2 minutes. Also, Bol Bol’s back in the rotation tonight. Starting the second quarter alongside Green, Hyland, Barton and Morris. – 10:37 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Back and forth in this one 🏀
#NBAAllStar | @Mike Conley pic.twitter.com/eobWMgtvK310:37 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz and Nuggets tied at 26 after 1Q. So far, so good for the Jazz, who have managed to look pretty decent so far without Gobert or Whiteside. – 10:37 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
End 1Q: Jazz 26, Nuggets 26. Denver closes on a 12-4 run to tie things up. Bogey leads the Jazz with 8p on 3-6 shooting. JaMychal Green a team-high 6p for the Nuggets. Jokic only 2p, but 6r, 5a. Jazz only outrebounded 14-12 w/o their centers. Also helped by 5-12 from 3. – 10:36 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Really quality minutes from JaMychal Green to close that quarter. Six points and just sent Mike Conley packing.
Jamal Murray burst off the bench to show Green some love at the end of the quarter.
26-26 after one. – 10:35 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Very impressive interior minutes for JaMychal Green, who’s currently the biggest player on the floor. – 10:35 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz and Nuggets are tied at 26-26 at the end of the first quarter. – 10:35 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Giannis or not…
That’s an impressive win.
Raps w/ 4-straight Ws.
4-2 this yr on 2nd night of back to back.
Siakam (33) sensational (& taking many of your apologies now).
Trent & OG each w/ 22.
Toronto holds MIL to 34 pts in 2nd half.
Raptors above .500; host Utah on Fri – 10:32 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Vlatko Cancar is on the #Nuggets bench wearing a boot over his fractured foot. pic.twitter.com/iSw076BR8s10:32 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Ocho 3-point counter: 🎱🎱 pic.twitter.com/LbVszWQKgG10:31 PM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Such a privilege to watch Jokic pass the ball – 10:30 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Paschall and Gay in there together in these non-Jokic minutes – 10:30 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jazz have been great at sending double-teams at Jokic and not letting him kill them in the paint. Problem is, he’s already got 5 assists. – 10:30 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Feels like Rudy Gay shoots 1.000 from three above the break and 0.004 in the corners. – 10:28 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Great strip by Davon Reed who took the ball right out of Donovan Mitchell’s hands on a drive just now. Nuggets need his perimeter defense tonight against Mitchell, Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson. Jazz open tonight shooting just 5-17 from the floor. – 10:26 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets up 14-13 with five minutes left in the first. All 14 have come in the paint. Last bucket came after Davon Reed ripped Donovan Mitchell and kicked out to Barton for a layup. Jazz open just 5-of-17 from the field. – 10:25 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Well, you can see the immediate effect of no (rotation) Jazz big men: Denver is 5 of 5 at the rim and 7 of 9 in the paint. Nuggets lead 14-13 with 5:01 left 1Q. – 10:25 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
5:01 remaining in the first quarter. The Jazz trail the Nuggets 14-13 – 10:23 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Aaron Gordon entered tonight 10th in points per possession on post-ups among players with at least 2 post-ups per game. He’s been great at attacking mismatches out of the post. – 10:19 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Alright, Denver’s just gotta attack the paint relentlessly tonight. If they don’t, it will lead to a loss and a major disappointment.
There’s no resistance at the rim. – 10:19 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Nuggets on an 8-0 run, targeting Bogey petty consistently, and they now lead the Jazz 10-7 with 7:14 left 1Q. Dok with 2p, 0r, 0a, 0b on 1-2 FGs. – 10:18 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Aaron Gordon drives past Donovan Mitchell for a dunk, giving the Nuggets an early 10-7 lead over the Jazz. Denver’s 0-3 from 3 but is 5-6 inside the arc. – 10:17 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
8-0 run by the Nuggets as the entire Jazz team looks exhausted lol….Utah trails 10-7….7:14 remaining in the first quarter – 10:17 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
As part of our Western Night celebration, @lindsayell is in the building and took the @WesternUnion First Shot!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/GKRpGs9l1B10:16 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Rudy Gay set to check in (presumably for Dok) after this timeout – 10:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Austin Rivers missed a wide-open corner look off a no-looker from Nikola Jokic.
Ball Arena saw the whole thing, and buzzed at Jokic’s pass. They know what they’re watching. – 10:16 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Dok dunk! 🚨
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/ysiZQlKOaq10:16 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
This is a nice color matchup. Nuggets royal blue vs Jazz gold. – 10:13 PM
Joe Ingles @Joeingles7
YEAHHH DOK!!! – 10:13 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets announce head coach is Michael Malone … yet Popeye Jones is acting head coach for third straight game. pic.twitter.com/LI1qHouOoD10:10 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Always thinking of our neighbors ❤️
👉 https://t.co/zny2mIc2AW pic.twitter.com/44I0Tc89ns10:09 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Ooo I actually really liked Denver’s intro video. I would like to know who was narrating, any idea @Michael Singer ? – 10:08 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
At the announcement of Udoka Azubuike as the Jazz”s starting center, a couple of Nuggets fans next to me laughed aloud and one said, “It’s gonna be a long night for you, bro.” Probably wrong only inasmuch as Dok is on a minutes restriction. – 10:07 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
I love when the Jazz are on the road when the opposing team plays actual jazz music in introducing them. It’s fun shade and funny and great – 10:06 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs end the game on 23-7 run. Win it 99-82. Like Den on Mon, finished with a flourish as they hold GS to their lowest scoring total of the season (Was 86 vs DEN). Mavs shoot 37.9% first time since an OT win in bubble vs SAC have shot that low FG% and still won. – 10:05 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Lance injected life into the team and the fan base, scoring 30, but the Nets ultimately won out 129-121.
Pacers led by as many as 19, but were were outscored by 15 in the 4th. Sabonis had 32/12/10. Durant scored 39.
Up next: vs Jazz on Sat. – 10:04 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets hold moment of silence before tip-off for the Boulder County fires. pic.twitter.com/yZqXqclo7L10:03 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Aaron Gordon has mastered the art of the cut and the Nuggets are loving it.
He understands the moving off of Nikola Jokić leads to great things. Check it out here ⬇️
pic.twitter.com/tNIabAJHFr10:02 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Programming note:
I’m back on @AltitudeSR tonight with Koz!
Tune in for Nuggets vs Jazz! – 10:00 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We’ve got Lovebug, Happy Times, and Miss Rodeo Colorado from @NationalWestern in the house for Western Night! 🐴🤠
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/RSK3PzJVmb9:58 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Udoka getting his first start in Denver 🖤
#StartingLineup | @ZionsBank pic.twitter.com/i3jzQwPouC9:57 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
One thing to watch tonight is how well Utah’s offense functions without Gobert’s screening…..Mitchell and Clarkson and bogdanovic and Conley are gonna have to work harder with the ball in their hands to free themselves – 9:53 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
New addition to the @BallArenaDenver in-game experience 👀
@clmbr_official x #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/huA3v6izqU9:47 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Looks like the Jazz are starting Conley, Mitchell, Bogdanovic, O’Neale, and Udoka Azubuike at center tonight. – 9:35 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets starters: Campazzo, Rivers, Barton, Gordon, Jokic – 9:33 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Tonight’s starters vs. @Utah Jazz 🏀
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/Fg3xt3W17K9:31 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Wearing a Jokic jersey to a Blazers-Heat game, presumably to intimidate Markieff Morris? pic.twitter.com/eqOd1JzGiA9:28 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Keys: Nuggets vs Jazz
All defense tonight!
🔑 Defend Paint – 70% of Utah’s points come in the paint.
🔑 Defend w/out fouling – Utah leads the NBA in FTM/game
🔑 Defend 3 – Utah leads the NBA on the road in 3PA (41) and makes (15)
#milehighbasketball
pic.twitter.com/KQiuAVUMJX9:21 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Welcome back, @BigGameTae 🔒 pic.twitter.com/iM8DIABXeR9:18 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Austin Rivers is playing and in the Nuggets’ starting lineup tonight, I’m told. He was questionable (right thumb sprain). – 9:10 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
All about the 𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜 tonight 🪡
#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/s5w7V0khNb9:03 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The heartwarming content you’re here for 🤗 pic.twitter.com/Nas9nrhMWr9:03 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
What was your favorite Donovan play of December?
We’ll talk about it on the Jazz Pregame Show at 7:30PM MT on @ATTSportsNetRM 📺 pic.twitter.com/f6ielvQxGW9:02 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
My guess at the starting lineup tonight for the Jazz: Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gay, Royce O’Neale – 8:56 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles and Hassan Whiteside are out for Utah tonight in Denver. Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson and Royce O’Neale are available. – 8:48 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
So as you may have seen, no Gobert, no Whiteside, no Ingles tonight for the Jazz…..against Jokic….but Dok is playing….. – 8:45 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Danuel House is not available for the Jazz tonight, Snyder says. – 8:44 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Dok is on a minutes restriction, Paschall has not been with the team for a few games, Rudy Gay has only been playing about 20 minutes a game and Quin Snyder points to all this as things that will make things different and difficult tonight. – 8:44 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin said that Dok’s injury was not as bad as initially feared, and that he’s been working hard to return. Said he was cleared even before the other centers were ruled out. Added that Rudy Gobert had a fever of 102 degrees today. – 8:44 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Quin Snyder said Rudy Gobert has a 102 degree fever. – 8:43 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Quin Snyder reveals why Eric Paschall has been away from the team: “We need to congratulate him; he just had a baby boy. We were lucky he was able to get in here today.” – 8:42 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon should play 32-34 minutes tonight, Popeye Jones says. – 8:41 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Also, even though Dok has not played yet after returning from his ankle injury, he will get an opportunity to play tonight.
Going to be some tough minutes for the Jazz tonight. – 8:41 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Eric Paschall has been out for personal reasons. The reason is the birth of a baby boy. He rejoined the team today in Denver. He will@play tonight. – 8:41 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Eric Paschall just had a baby boy, Snyder says. (Those must have been the personal reasons that made him inactive the last few games.) – 8:41 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Eric Paschall has been away from the team due to the birth of his son.
He will play tonight. – 8:40 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Zeke Nnaji is out on the court warming up, but won’t be available tonight as he gets back from H&S, I’m told. pic.twitter.com/WClJzYg31P8:40 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Quin Snyder said Hassan Whiteside was feeling good this morning, but experienced concussion symptoms again after the Jazz had already gone through shootaround. – 8:40 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Quin Snyder says Hassan Whiteside went through shootaround, and the team planned to have him tonight if Gobert was absent, but he began to experience symptoms again after the shootaround. – 8:40 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Sounds like the @Utah Jazz were extra caught off guard by not having Hassan Whiteside who went through shoot around this morning.
This is from Quin Snyder:
“He felt better this morning and had some symptoms after shoot around.” – 8:40 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Quin Snyder said that Hassan Whiteside felt good at shootaround this morning and the Jazz were preparing for him to play, but he developed concussion symptoms as the day went on. – 8:39 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
20-point quarters this season
LeBron: 0
Durant: 0
Giannis: 0
Jokic: 0
Luka: 0
Embiid: 0
Harden: 0
Booker: 0
Trae: 0
Tatum: 0
Dame: 0
LANCE STEPHENSON: 1 – 8:38 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Starting point guard and… cameraman? pic.twitter.com/FkiGfKMycA8:38 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Popeye Jones just addressed his postgame comment in Dallas about Bones Hyland knowing the playbook: “Bones has been terrific. He flew into Dallas at 4:30 am and was ready to play. We know he’s not a point guard. He’s more or a two. He’s more of a combo…” – 8:34 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Monte Morris will come off the bench tonight for the Nuggets, but they’ll look to play him 24-26 minutes tonight against the Jazz. Morris is coming off of health and safety protocols. – 8:26 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Monte Morris is available for Denver tonight but will come off the bench. Facu Campazzo will start again. Popeye Jones says Morris will be able to play 24-26 minutes in his first game back from health and safety protocols. – 8:26 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, and Joe Ingles are all OUT for the Jazz tonight. Everyone else is AVAILABLE (including Udoka Azubuike). – 8:26 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
During pregame media, Popeye Jones amended some of his comments on Bones Hyland not knowing the playbook. Explained that Bones knows the 2 really well, that asking him to play the 1 was a lot for him.
Compared him to someone like Jordan Clarkson in the opposite locker room. – 8:25 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Popeye Jones said Monte Morris should be able to play 24-26 minutes tonight against Utah. Sounds like he’ll keep starting Facundo Campazzo will get another start tonight with Morris available off the bench. – 8:24 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
The plan for Monte Morris, who returns tonight, is to play him 24-26 minutes in a reserve role. #Nuggets8:23 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Popeye Jones recants his comment after the Dallas game about Bones not knowing the playbook. Said Bones flew in at 4:30 p.m. before the game. Popeye took responsibility and said he should’ve given him more plays to run. – 8:22 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside are both out tonight. Joe is out in health and safety protocols and the rest of the team is available. – 8:20 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Gobert, Whiteside, and Ingles are all out tonight.
Everyone else is available.
Dok going to have to defend Jokic? – 8:20 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Rudy Gobert (non-Covid illness), Hassan Whiteside (concussion), and Joe Ingles (Covid protocols) are all out tonight.
Everyone else is available, including Udoka Azubuike. – 8:20 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz injury report vs. Denver: pic.twitter.com/q6yQXTj0LD8:19 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Mitchell Robinson, who has never tested positive for COVID-19, is more concerned with the virus now nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…8:07 PM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
When Lance Stephenson does that guitar-strum thing, I like to think he’s playing that fun little ditty from the airtrain at Denver Intl Airport. – 7:57 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
I doubt the Mavericks will force 26 turnovers like Monday night vs DEN, but the Warriors WILL throw them the ball, 29th in turnovers at 15.9 per game. It’s on the Mavericks to make them pay for the extra possessions they will get. – 7:35 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
It’s weathering in Denver right now pic.twitter.com/LHGrEYhMJo6:33 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Former Pistons forward Tony Mitchell is signing a deal in Uruguay with Club Trouville, source tells @HoopsRumors. The 29-year-old last played in Venezuela. – 5:59 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Highlight package of Donovan Mitchell in honor of winning Western Conference player of the month for December @ Utah Jazz instagram.com/p/CYXaUmthE0N/…5:53 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Mannnnnn it’s cold as shit in Denver – 5:48 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
🌟 𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚙𝚊𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝘞𝘦𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺 🌟
Which ones are you saving? ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/IU4D7zKuxf5:04 PM

Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
Bucks have dealt with a ton of injuries this year but it’s also wild how easy their schedule has been. Here are their wins vs. .500+ teams (8-6):
Nets (home)
Cavs (home)
Hornets (home)
Lakers (no LeBron)
Nuggets (no Jokic)
Sixers (no Embiid)
Heat (no Jimmy/Bam)
Mavs (no Luka) – 4:49 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 25 points for Nikola tonight?
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#MileHighBasketball4:38 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
There were 15 Pac-12 basketball games scheduled for this week. Only 8 remain thanks to COVID.
Utah’s two games this week, all of Utah’s game this season, have remained untouched up to this point: sltrib.com/sports/utah-ut…4:02 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: 2022 Prospective; GSW/UTA Thoughts; News Catch-Up w/ @Danny Leroux
Listen by becoming a member and you’ll get our 5 subscription pods/week. Subscribe: https://t.co/XSgwN6kjka pic.twitter.com/debyMX6Pvk4:00 PM

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