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In a negative spiral since Rudy Gobert’s injury, the Jazz took advantage of the arrival of the Nuggets, without Nikola Jokic or Aaron Gordon and even DeMarcus Cousins, to win a rare victory lately (108-104). Carried by an unlikely hero, Trent Forrest (18 points, 8 assists – two career records), Utah won its 4th game in a row against Denver, but only its 3rd game in its last 14 outings.

Opposite, the Nuggets concede a 2nd consecutive loss, and this, after a series of 5 rank victories. Without its MVP, embarrassed in one toe, Denver still managed to hang on to the end on the Jazz field, after a final rush led by Will Barton in particular, but the Nuggets were too featherless to hope for better in the ‘Utah…

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The Jazz puts an end to its nasty series. Plagued by injuries, including those of Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles recently, the Jazz remained on its worst series of the season: 5 consecutive losses. Despite a much reduced squad last night, without even Jordan Clarkson off the bench, Utah played tight and managed to extricate themselves from a difficult match with an ultra-important victory to stay the course in the playoff race at the Where is.

Jazz at the finish. At 97 everywhere with 3 minutes remaining, the two teams had the worst difficulty in deciding, with a nice duel from a distance between Forbes and Gay, two former Spurs, in the money time. But it is the veteran Jazz winger who will have the last word, contributing greatly to a 9-2 that put Denver on the ropes for good (106-99 with 1 minute to play).

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Denver suffocated in the second half. Like their two stray bullets which cost a lot at the end of the match, the Nuggets were smothered in the second half, held to 18 points in the 3rd quarter. Utah especially increased its defensive intensity at the end of the match, managing to close its racket (64 to 42 in the battle for points in the paint in favor of Utah) and to take advantage of its interceptions to convert offensively (20 points scored on 14 balls lost by Denver).

TOPS/FLOPS

Trent Forrest. Undrafted in 2020, Trent Forrest is in his second season between the Jazz and his G-League side of the Stars. At the end of January, he had already broken the ice by scoring 16 points, plus 7 rebounds in a loss against the Suns, but last night, Forrest fired all the woods by aligning two career bests for his 3rd career start: 18 points and 8 assists.

Bryn Forbes. Last to arrive in Colorado, Bryn Forbes was one of the most prominent players last night for his new Nuggets team. With 26 points in 30 minutes, all at 10/13 including 4/5 from 3-pointers, Forbes was in great shape and he finished just one unit off his season high, achieved with Spurs earlier this season.

Rudy Gay. The veteran winger did not have his best career game, far from it at 6/14 on shots including 0/5 from behind the arc. But he managed to weigh in the hot moments. With 15 points and 9 rebounds on the clock, Gay especially managed two super important baskets in the outcome of the match.

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Bojan Bogdanovic. Option n°1, or n°1 bis in attack with Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic had a complicated evening, with only 5/16 on shots, including 0/3 from 3-pointers. With 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, “Big Babo” was however solid in the victory of his team, with important baskets at the end of the game.

austin rivers. On the field for 29 minutes, Austin Rivers was not very productive with only 2 points and 3 rebounds. A veteran of the League, Rivers missed a great opportunity to redo the icing, he who is living a very discreet season on the Nuggets bench…

THE FOLLOWING

denver (28-23): reception of the Pelicans on the night of Friday to Saturday.

Utah (31-21): reception of the Nets, which remain on 6 defeats in a row, on the night of Friday to Saturday.

Jazz / 108 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
R.O’Neale 34 6/9 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2 +10 15 18
B. Bogdanovic 35 5/16 0/3 5/5 7 7 2 2 1 +10 15 14
U.Azubuike 22 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 7 10 1 2 +11 8 17
Mr. Conley 28 6/14 3/5 2/2 1 1 5 2 4 1 1 17 19
T.Forrest 39 6/7 1/1 5/6 2 2 8 4 1 +10 18 27
E. Paschal 17 2/4 1/3 0/0 4 4 1 2 -10 5 6
R.Gay 26 6/14 0/5 3/7 3 6 9 1 2 1 -7 15 12
E.Hughes 11 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 1 -7 5 4
J. Butler 29 5/11 0/5 0/0 3 3 1 +3 10 5
Total 42/86 7/29 17/22 8 29 37 21 12 8 7 4 108
nuggets / 104 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
I. Green 20 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 1 1 2 -17 8 8
Z.Nnaji 29 3/7 0/3 2/2 3 5 8 1 5 3 1 -9 8 11
W.Barton 35 6/16 1/4 1/3 1 8 9 4 2 1 5 3 -6 14 14
Mr Morris 31 7/13 1/3 0/0 3 3 3 1 -8 15 16
A.Rivers 29 1/5 0/3 0/0 3 3 1 1 1 1 -6 2 3
Ja. Green 16 3/6 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 1 3 2 +6 8 13
B. Hyland 20 4/7 2/4 0/0 2 2 7 2 4 1 +4 10 13
B. Forbes 30 10/13 4/5 2/3 1 1 2 2 1 +2 26 24
D.Reed 30 5/7 3/5 0/0 1 6 7 4 4 1 +14 13 23
Total 42/79 11/28 9/12 7 32 39 24 20 5 14 7 104

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