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Trey Lyles leads Denver Nuggets to win over Utah Jazz

Jazz sleepwalk through third quarter as road woes continue.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

I hate to say it, folks, but Trey Lyles is a legit NBA player. Let's rip the band-aid off, shall we?

Ugh. He put up an impressive line of 26 points and 7 rebounds, going 4-8 from the three-point line.

Also, I dont know what it is about guys named Jamaal. They always torch the Jazz. Jamaal Murray matched Trey's performance, scoring 26 points, including 6 makes from downtown.

The Jazz looked pretty good in the first half. They were limiting Jokic and getting good looks.

In the third quarter, Utah remembered that they were on the road. The road is not their happy place. They scored 16 points, and the Nuggs put up 38, which put them in an 84-65 hole. In the fourth, Donovan Mitchell, Alec Burks, and Rodney Hood tried to lead a comeback, but it was too little to late, and our beloved team is now 3-16 on the road.

Game Notes:

  • Before their NBA careers, Jamaal Murray and Trey Lyles played professional basketball at the University of Kentucky, bitter rivals of Donovan Mitchell's alma mater of Louisville. They won this round, but I'm still glad that Donovan is here and not Trey.
  • Ricky Rubio had a good game. Credit where it's due. He shot 3-6 from deep, scored 15 points, and only turned the ball over twice.
  • The Jazz are now 16-23. If they want to make the playoffs—as the 8th seed, mind you—they need to play at least .581 basketball from here on out. By my rough estimate, 25-18 is the magic benchmark. I know I'm a pessimist, but I dont see that happening.
  • I've said this before, but this season sucks much less than it could have because we have Donovan Mitchell.

Oh well. #ontothenextone