Jazz Damage Nuggets Run to Playoffs

Okur scores 20 and grabs 15 rebounds as Utah downs Denver
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 6:21 AM CDT
Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson (3) heads to the basket past Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price (17) during the first quarter of the NBA basketball game Saturday, April 12, 2008, in Salt Lake City.    (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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(Newser) – Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Deron Williams added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 124-97 last night to strengthen their hopes of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Jazz won three of four against their rivals for the third straight season and kept the Nuggets from moving closer to the final Western Conference playoff berth.

Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer each scored 20 points and Jason Hart added 12 for the Jazz, who improved to 53-27. They now have their most wins since going 53-29 in 2000-01. Allen Iverson scored 28 and Carmelo Anthony had 22 points for the Nuggets, who rallied from a 16-point deficit to take a brief lead but never recovered after a 12-2 third-quarter run by the Jazz.