Feb 7, 2010 12:32 AM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Andrei Kirilenko had 22 points and five steals and Carlos Boozer finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in his return to the lineup as the Utah Jazz won their eighth straight, beating the short-handed Denver Nuggets 116-106 on Saturday night.
The Jazz pulled within two games of the Nuggets in the Northwest Division and avoided a four-game sweep by Denver, which sat Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups for the second straight visit to Utah.
Even without their top two players, the Nuggets were able to cut a 17-point deficit to three early in the fourth quarter before Utah put the game away.
Deron Williams added 22 points, nine assists and three blocks for the Jazz.
Ty Lawson led Denver with 25 points.
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