Rudy Gobert had 23 factors and 16 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell added 22 factors to steer the Utah Jazz to a 122-110 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday evening in a sport the place Nikola Jokic left with a knee damage.

The reigning NBA MVP had 24 factors in simply 15 first-half minutes earlier than he bought hurt.

Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic every contributed 15 for the Jazz, who moved to 3-0 on the season.

Two minutes earlier than halftime, Jokic banged knees with Gobert and stayed down holding his proper leg. He finally bought up with help and limped to the locker room. He will likely be examined once more, however preliminary damage report was a knee contusion.

Aaron Gordon scored 20 factors and Monte Morris had 19 for the Nuggets, who dropped to 2-2. After interval of lights-out taking pictures, Denver went 7-for-19 from the sector within the fourth quarter.

Denver took its final lead at 93-91 earlier than Gobert fueled Utah’s decisive transfer. His free throws completed an 11-2 run and the Jazz stayed in entrance the remainder of the way in which.

The sport had excessive emotion uncharacteristic for an early-season encounter. It boiled over with 4:57 remaining when Hassan Whiteside and JaMychal Green began pushing, bumping and jawing – however not throwing punches — earlier than teammates and safety separated the pair.

Both have been assessed technical fouls and ejected from the sport.

The two groups have current historical past of shootouts, together with a memorable collection in The NBA Playoff bubble in 2020. This had all the identical traits till the Nuggets ran out of fuel.

The Nuggets dropped a sport to Cleveland, 99-87, on Monday evening.

The Jazz, who had the perfect document within the common season final season, are working with the identical main group of gamers and seemed dominant for many of the first two video games. But the Nuggets carved the Utah protection with ball motion, benefits on Jazz switches, and pinpoint taking pictures.

Gordon and Jokic mixed to make their first 11 discipline objective makes an attempt of the sport however the Nuggets devolved right into a collection of ineffective one-on-one isolations down the stretch whereas the Jazz have been getting layups and free throws on the opposite finish.

Clarkson capped a 14-0 Jazz run with a 3-pointer to place Utah up 42-31 whereas conserving the Nuggets scoreless for greater than 4 minutes — the one actual quiet interval for Denver’s high-powered offense.


Nuggets: Gordon was a drive offensively however wanted to sit down after getting his fourth foul within the third quarter. … The Nuggets had 62 turnovers of their first three video games, however had solely 13 towards Utah. … Barton scored 16 factors within the third quarter.

Jazz: Utah efficiently problem a blocking foul name on Mitchell in third quarter. … Mitchell was made 1 of 9 from past the 3-point line. … Gobert made 8 of 10 free throws after making simply certainly one of his first six.


Nuggets: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

Jazz: Visit the Houston Rockets on Thursday.