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The Utah Jazz look to rebound from a Game 1 loss when they face the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Denver lost the opener 135-125 in overtime on Monday despite 57 points by Donovan Mitchell and a 52-41 dominance in rebounding, the latter aided by Tony Bradley’s nine boards off the bench in 11 minutes.
Mitchell’s 57 points were a franchise postseason record and the third-most in NBA playoff history behind Chicago’s Michael Jordan scoring 63 against Boston in 1986 and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Elgin Baylor’s notching 61 against the Celtics in 1962. Mitchell shot 19-for-33 overall and 6-for-15 on 3-pointers while the rest of his teammates combined for 27 of 64 overall and 10 of 32 on threes.
The Nuggets outshot the Jazz 51.6 percent to 47.4 overall and 53.7 percent to 34.0 on 3-pointers. Mike Conley missed Game 1 to attend the birth of his son. He also will be unavailable for Game 2.
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The Denver Nuggets look to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday after using superior depth to outlast the Utah Jazz 135-125 in overtime in Game 1 on Monday.
Jamal Murray’s 36 points couldn’t match Donovan Mitchell’s historic 57, but five other Nuggets scored in double figures, including Jerami Grant (19) and Monte Morris (14) off the bench. Denver’s reserves outscored their Utah counterparts 38-26. With Murray going 13-for-20 overall and 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, the Nuggets outshot the Jazz both overall (51.6 percent to 47.4) and on threes (53.7 percent to 34.0).
Nikola Jokic won the battle of big men over Rudy Gobert, outscoring his rival 29-17 and outrebounding him 10-7. The Nuggets once again were without Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee). Both remain out indefinitely.