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Murray scores 22 as Nuggets beat Jazz 107-83

By Associated Press

Published: 23:52 EST, 26 December 2017 | Updated: 23:53 EST, 26 December 2017

DENVER (AP) – Jamal Murray scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter and the Denver Nuggets overcame the ejection of Nikola Jokic to beat the Utah Jazz 107-83 on Tuesday night.

Jokic had 13 points and seven rebounds before getting tossed in the fourth quarter. Wilson Chandler and Gary Harris scored 15 apiece to help Denver win its third in a row.

Despite the rout, Jokic got tangled up with Jonas Jerebko early in the fourth and was called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, reaches up to block a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, reaches up to block a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Jazz cut it to 13 after Jokic left, but Murray converted a three-point play and Trey Lyles had a driving dunk to push the lead to 90-72 with 5:38 left.

Derrick Favors had 20 points, and Jerebko and Donovan Mitchell each scored 13 for the Jazz.

The Nuggets showed no sign of complacency after big road wins at Portland and Golden State last weekend. They used a 12-0 run late in the first quarter to take a 13-point lead, and another big run at the end of the second to lead 50-34 at halftime.

Unlike the two meetings in Utah this season, Denver didn't collapse in the second half. The Nuggets led by 21 less than four minutes into the third and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half to improve to 12-3 at home.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Mitchell entered second in the NBA in scoring among rookies at 18 points per game. Lakers G Kyle Kuzma (18.1 ppg) is first. … G Raul Neto missed his eighth straight game with a concussion. … C Rudy Gobert (left knee sprain) was with the team but sat out for the sixth straight game.

Nuggets: G Emmanuel Mudiay was active after missing four straight games with a sprained right ankle. He entered in the final two minutes and scored seven points. He hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw and then hit another 3 on Denver's next possession. … Denver held the Jazz to 28.9 percent shooting in the first half and a season-low 34 points over the first two quarters. … Lyles had 16 points and eight rebounds against his former team.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Play at Golden State on Wednesday night.

Nuggets: Travel to Minnesota to play the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

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Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, center, pulls in a loose ball as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, and forward Wilson Chandler defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-83. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, center, pulls in a loose ball as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, and forward Wilson Chandler defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-83. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, center, pulls in a loose ball as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, and forward Wilson Chandler defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-83. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, left, works the ball inside as Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, left, works the ball inside as Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, left, works the ball inside as Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, back, argues after he was called for traveling as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris heads down the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, back, argues after he was called for traveling as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris heads down the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, back, argues after he was called for traveling as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris heads down the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, left, confers with forward Jonas Jerebko, of Sweden, during a break in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, left, confers with forward Jonas Jerebko, of Sweden, during a break in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, left, confers with forward Jonas Jerebko, of Sweden, during a break in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Injured Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, sits on the bench to watch the Jazz face the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Injured Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, sits on the bench to watch the Jazz face the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Injured Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, sits on the bench to watch the Jazz face the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long holds a towel to his forehead as he bleeds while heading to the locker room after injuring his head in a fall against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-83. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long holds a towel to his forehead as he bleeds while heading to the locker room after injuring his head in a fall against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-83. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long holds a towel to his forehead as he bleeds while heading to the locker room after injuring his head in a fall against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-83. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles, center, battles for control of a rebound with Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh, left, and guard Ricky Rubio, of Spain, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles, center, battles for control of a rebound with Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh, left, and guard Ricky Rubio, of Spain, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles, center, battles for control of a rebound with Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh, left, and guard Ricky Rubio, of Spain, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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