Nurkic, Murray help Nuggets beat Jazz 105-91
DENVER (AP) Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets won a home game for the second time this season, beating the Utah Jazz 105-91 on Sunday night in a matchup of struggling Western Conference teams.
Rookie Jamal Murray had 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help Denver improve to 2-4 at the Pepsi Center. Wilson Chandler added 17, and Danilo Gallinari had 13 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Gordon Hayward had 25 points for Utah, and Dante Exum, Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson each had 10. The Jazz have lost four straight.
Will Barton started for the banged-up Nuggets after missing his previous nine games with an ankle injury. He made a 3 on his team's first attempt from the field and finished with seven points.
The Nuggets led by double digits most of the night and only trailed once, 2-0. Utah stayed in touch until the fourth quarter thanks to Denver's 13-for-30 free throw shooting.