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NBA: Denver 113, Utah 92

April 3, 2013 at 11:52 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, April 3 (UPI) -- Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points Wednesday in sending Denver to a 113-92 win over Utah -- the Nuggets' 17th victory in 19 games.

Denver knocked the Jazz a half game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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The Nuggets broke the game open in the third period with Kenneth Faried scoring 19 points and Evan Fournier adding 18. Denver is 3 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for the No. 2 seed in the West.

Utah, which had a five-game winning streak snapped, was led by 18 points from Gordon Hayward and 16 each from Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.

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