Jazz 118, Nuggets 115 (F-OT)

DENVER, Feb. 6 (AP) -- It's not so much the swishes as the swagger.

Utah won its 10th straight game Wednesday night, beating the Denver Nuggets in a 118-115 overtime thriller in which Kyle Korver scored 27 points, including four free throws in the final 19 seconds.

"You win games like this when you are playing well,'' Korver said. "Our confidence was high going into the game.''

And why not?

Since Korver joined the Jazz in a trade from Philadelphia on Dec. 29, Utah has won 16 of 18 games to surge past Portland and Denver in the Northwest Division, which they now lead by two games over the Nuggets.

Deron Williams led the Jazz with 29 points, including a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds left in regulation that tied it at 106.

The Nuggets worked the ball to Carmelo Anthony, whose open 19-foot jumper rimmed out at the buzzer.

"I thought that was good, and I was right up under the basket,'' said Allen Iverson, who led Denver with 34 points. "I don't think he'll get that open for the last shot probably ever again in his career, being as good as he is. Maybe he was too open, but it was a good shot. We'll take it, especially with the ball in his hands at that point in the game.''

Anthony said he liked his look: "Oh, it was wide open. I just missed it. I'll take a million and one of those shots again. I had a chance to win the game. It didn't go in. If I get that look again, I'm going to take the same shot.''

Anthony fouled out with 2:51 left in overtime, finishing with 29 points.

Korver's two free throws with 19.3 seconds remaining gave the Jazz a 116-115 lead, and after a timeout, Iverson was short on a jumper from the left corner with 5 seconds left.

Korver got the rebound, drew the foul and sank two more free throws.

The Nuggets had one last shot at sending the game into double-overtime, but Anthony Carter, 0-for-4 in the extra period, was short on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, ending their eight-game home winning streak.

The Jazz haven't lost since dropping a 120-109 game to the Nuggets on Jan. 16. in which Linas Kleiza scored a career-high 41 points. He didn't get to leak out on the break this time and was limited to nine points. The Nuggets failed to move into a tie with the Jazz in the standings.

Denver trailed by 15 at halftime, but fought back to take an 89-87 lead on Anthony's 3-pointer with 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation. It was back and forth the rest of the night.

"I just wish we wouldn't have dug the hole we did in the first half,'' Nuggets coach George Karl said. "It's a fun team to be a part of when we do things the right way and it's hard to handle when we don't. We seem to play with the game a little bit.''

Anthony said he was proud his team fought back, "but I think from the beginning of the game Utah was the aggressor. They came out playing physical. ... I think sometimes we wait to get hit before we go out there and hit somebody.''

Utah led 56-41 at halftime, having seized control with a spectacular second quarter in which All-Star Carlos Boozer played just one minute and didn't score a point in the Jazz's 33-15 onslaught.

In the period, the Jazz outrebounded the Nuggets 14-6 and three times converted an offensive board into a basket following a missed free throw. That included a 3-pointer by Korver, who scored 15 points in the quarter after not even taking off his warmups in the first quarter.

Boozer was limited to eight points on 3-of-15 shooting, mostly because of the defense of Marcus Camby, who returned a bruised left knee that had sidelined him for two games and had 11 points and 17 boards.

Kenyon Martin added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.

Notes: Ronnie Brewer bruised his tailbone when he was thrown to the floor by Martin underneath the basket in the third quarter. Martin was whistled for a flagrant-1 foul on the play. ... Nuggets F Nene, recovering from testicular cancer and contemplating chemotherapy that could delay his return until next season, was in the locker room before the game. He politely declined to talk about his situation with a reporter.


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