Apr 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) guards Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets rally again-Beat Jazz 101-94

The Nuggets came into Saturday night’s game against the Jazz riding the high of beating 2 playoff teams on back to back nights, coming from behind in both.  Well, the Jazz are far from a playoff team, but the Nuggets worked their late season magic once again, rallying from a 10 point deficit in the third quarter to beat the struggling Jazz 101-94 at Pepsi Center.  The Nuggets were led, once again, by their “Bigs”, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov.  Faried tallied his first ever “20-20″ game with 24 points and 21 rebounds, while Mozgov finished off his record setting 29 rebounds against the Warriors with 14 rebounds in this contest.  They weren’t the only Nuggets to shine on Saturday.  Randy Foye continued his stellar play with 26 points and Evan Fournier pitched in with 23.  Fournier had the play of the night, and maybe the season, midway through the 4th quarter.  With the Nuggets in the midst of their furious comeback, Fournier drove into the lane and was tripped up by Jazz Guard Alec Burks.  As he was falling to his backside, Fournier flipped the ball up behind his head and it swished through the net like he had meant to do it.  This was a classic “Sportscenter Top Ten” moment and was the key turning point in the Nuggets rally.  Wilson Chandler returned to the lineup after several games on the shelf with a variety of maladies.  He contributed to the cause in his 20 minutes with 9 points and 2 assists for the Nuggets and allowed the team to play with 9 healthy players for the first time since Ty Lawson was shut down for the year 4 games ago.  The Jazz fought hard the entire game and kept it close at the end with the athletic Gordon Hayward making driving layups and dunks on his way to 23 points.  The player of the game for the Jazz was 7 foot center Enos Kanter.  He had one of his best games of the year, mostly in the first half, taking Faried and Mozgov to the rack with strong moves and finished the game with 22 points and 14 rebounds of his own.  Former CU product Alec Burks is starting for the Jazz these days and chipped in with 5 points in 24 minutes.  Faried was interviewed after the game and stated that the team made it a goal to win their last 5 games and finish the season strong going into the offseason.  If they keep playing the way they are, they could be a spoiler in their last 2 games against the Clippers and Warriors on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  I have to give Coach Shaw a lot of credit for keeping the team focused and playing hard in spite of the injuries the team has endured this season along with being out of playoff contention with more than 2 weeks to go in the season.  I also hope that the thought of trading Faried in the offseason has been forgotten as he has been more than a “Manimal” since the first of March.  He is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds in that span and continues to show offensive improvement.  This guy is becoming a true NBA beast and should be one of the centerpieces that the Nuggets build around in the future.  For all your Nuggets news and notes, follow us on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

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