Utah closed the third quarter with a 6-0 run to trail, 86-78, heading to the fourth, and came within 92-87, with 8:26 remaining, but never took the lead before time ran out.
Allen Iverson had 22 points and 12 assists; Nene Hilario had 19 points and eight rebounds; Steve Blake had 16 points and four assists; while Marcus Camby had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are sixth in the Western Conference playoff chase.
Matt Harpring led Utah with 31 points, three rebounds, and four assists.
Mehmet Okur had 20 points and four rebounds; Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 14 rebounds; while Deron Williams had 18 points and 14 assists for the Northwest Division champion Jazz, who have lost five straight and 11 of their last 16 overall, but have the fourth seed in the West.
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