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Unselfish Jazz Get The Win

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The fifth seed Utah Jazz came out victorious with their Game 3 win over the fourth seed Denver Nuggets. The Jazz outscored the Nuggets 105-93 behind the sterling performance of Deron Williams with 24 points and 10 assists.

The game 3 win is a fitting follow up victory for the Jazz, in which they defeated the Nuggets on Pepsi Center in Denver. In this first round playoff series of Western Conference, the Nuggets are the favored one by being complete with their lineup because the Jazz are missing the services of star forward Andrei Kirilenko (recovering from injury and said to return in games six or seven) and All-Star Center Mehmet Okur (suffered season-ending injury and done for the season). However, the Jazz reserves were up to the task in filling the gap as they came out strong.

The game started flat for the Jazz in which they got behind by 7 points, 0-7. Carlos Boozer missed his first five shots before he got his rhythm. However, Paul Millsap played one of his best games so far to keep the team afloat in the first quarter. Things started to heat up for the Jazz in the second quarter as the Jazz, as a team, fared much better than the previous quarter. They outscored the Nuggets by 10 points and grabbed the lead, 52-48. The third quarter belonged to the Jazz in which they pushed the lead to double digits. From a  four point lead at the half, the quarter ended with the Jazz leading by 16 points. It was a downhill for the Nuggets after the half although Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups kept them within striking distance.

Boozer finished the game with 18 points, although he shot just 33% from the filed on 6 of 18 shooting night. Millsap finished with 22 points on a very efficient 11 of 14 shooting and hauling down 19 rebounds. Wesley Matthews provided added firepower for the Jazz scoring 14 points built on three three-pointers.

The final score was 105-93 in favor of the Jazz and they now have the lead in the first round playoff series in the Western Conference, 2-1. Game 4 is scheduled tomorrow night, at EnergySolutions Arena at Salt Lake City in Utah and the Jazz are gunning for their third consecutive playoff victory and the commanding 3-1 lead over the Nuggets. They have done it twice minus their two regular starters and they can do it again, knowing that it will be their home court as long as Williams continues his double-double performances and the reserves provide the sparks.

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