SALT LAKE CITY — Trent Forrest had career highs of 18 points and eight assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 108-104 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Mike Conley scored 17 points for Utah. Rudy Gay, Royce O’Neale and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points apiece as six Jazz players scored in double figures.
Utah won for only the third time in 14 games. The Jazz swept the season series with the Nuggets, 4-0.
Bryn Forbes made four 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Denver. Monte Morris added 15 points, Will Barton scored 14 and Davon Reed 13 points for the Nuggets.
Utah outscored Denver 64-42 in the paint. The Jazz also finished with 20 points on 14 turnovers by the Nuggets.
The Nuggets trailed for most of the fourth quarter before leveling it at 97-all on Barton’s layup. Denver turned it over on back-to-back possessions, setting up a pair of baskets by Gay. It sparked a 9-2 run that gave Utah a 106-99 lead with 1:07 to go.
Forbes cut it to two points on a jumper with 18.9 seconds remaining. Bogdanovic hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
The Jazz built their biggest lead in the first half after Bogdanovic completed a three-point play for a 19-10 lead midway through the first quarter.
Denver replied from the perimeter. The Nuggets went 9 of 14 from 3 points before halftime and erased the deficit late in the first quarter. They built a seven-point lead early in the second quarter, expanding 47-40 after scoring 3 points on four straight possessions. Davon Reed hit back-to-back outside baskets to start the push.
Utah cracked down defensively in the third quarter, holding Denver to 18 points. The Jazz no longer trailed after Bogdanovic drove for a dunk to cap a 6-0 run that gave Utah a 70-65 lead.
Nuggets: Nikola Jokic (right toe pain), Aaron Gordon (left hamstring strain) and DeMarcus Cousins (right foot sprain) were inactive for Denver. … Bones Hyland dished out a career-high seven assists. … Forbes led the Nuggets in scoring for the first time since acquiring Spurs. … Denver beat Utah 57-35 in bench points.
Jazz: Rudy Gobert (left calf injury), Donovan Mitchell (concussion protocol), Danuel House, Jr. (health and safety protocols), Jordan Clarkson (right knee pain) and Hassan Whiteside (lower injury back) were sidelined for Utah. … Udoka Azubuike finished with career highs in points (eight) and rebounds (10). … The Jazz did not commit a turnover in the second quarter.
Nuggets: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
Jazz: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.