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Utah Jazz – The Beat Goes On

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It’s true that both Carmello Anthony and Chauncey Billups were not in on the action Saturday night when the Nuggets came to town to take on the Jazz. Even so, Denver is a top-notch team and according to past coach Tom Nissalke, they would be a play off team even if Anthony and Billups were not on the permanent team roster. Currently the Nuggets hold the #2 spot in the Western Conference standings and they beat the #1 ranked team, The Los Angeles Lakers IN Los Angeles on Friday night. They had to be feeling pretty good coming into Energy Solutions Arena about their chances of taking down the Utah Jazz. That didn’t happen, however, and on a night when former all-star Andrei Kirilenko and current all-star Deron Williams each contributed 22 points, the Jazz sealed the win.

It appears that the fired-up Jazz aren’t ready to cool off just yet which is great news for delighted fans. Watching a team who seems to be having a good time while they are sending their opponents home empty handed is just plain fun. This win was a team effort as has been each game in this 8 game winning streak. Carlos Boozer had a 19 point, 13 rebound outing to go along with Paul Millsap’s 16 points and 6 rebounds and C.J. Miles’ 12 points and 4 assists.

Saturdays win was badly needed for the Jazz to avoid being swept by the Nuggets who had already beat the Jazz three times this season. If the team continues to work together the way they have the past few weeks and Kirilenko continues the sky-high level of play he has been demonstrating, their chances are good that many more wins are on the way.