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Denver Nuggets scorers have a solid history of torching the Utah Jazz

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Before we preview tonight's game, let's look at the Jazz / Nuggets history

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The Utah Jazz play the Denver Nuggets tonight, and look to return to their winning ways. While everyone knows that Karl Malone was one of the best scorers of all time, we often overlook the contributions of the Nuggets scorers. In the head to head match-up between these two teams who has hurt the Jazz the most? There have been 229 different Nuggets to get on the box score, but not all of them are Jazz killers. Here are the players who have had the biggest games against the Jazz!

Points Average Big Game Scoring Breakdown Big Games
Player G PTS PPG 21 to 25 26 to 30 31 to 35 36 to 40 41 to 45 46 to 50 51 + # %
1 Alex English 68 1,722 25.32 14 20 11 3 2 50 73.53%
2 Dan Issel 58 1,380 23.79 16 12 10 3 41 70.69%
3 Carmelo Anthony 31 812 26.19 10 4 5 4 1 24 77.42%
4 Kiki Vandeweghe 25 617 24.68 6 7 5 1 19 76.00%
5 David Thompson 24 578 24.08 7 5 3 1 1 17 70.83%
6 Calvin Natt 19 380 20.00 4 3 3 10 52.63%
7 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 35 584 16.69 5 1 2 1 9 25.71%
8 Allen Iverson 9 246 27.33 2 3 3 8 88.89%
9 Antonio McDyess 20 350 17.50 5 2 1 8 40.00%
10 Michael Adams 20 330 16.50 3 1 2 1 7 35.00%
11 Chauncey Billups 16 273 17.06 4 2 6 37.50%
12 Nene Hilario 32 426 13.31 4 2 6 18.75%
13 Nick Van Exel 12 215 17.92 3 2 5 41.67%
14 Walter Davis 13 218 16.77 2 1 1 4 30.77%
15 Ty Lawson 25 305 12.20 4 4 16.00%
16 Blair Rasmussen 28 356 12.71 2 2 4 14.29%
17 Bryant Stith 34 400 11.76 2 2 4 11.76%
18 Danny Schayes 41 360 8.78 2 1 1 4 9.76%
19 Darrell Walker 6 127 21.17 1 2 3 50.00%
20 J.R. Smith 23 284 12.35 1 2 3 13.04%
21 LaPhonso Ellis 23 337 14.65 3 3 13.04%
22 Dikembe Mutombo 31 349 11.26 2 1 3 9.68%
23 Reggie Williams 33 424 12.85 3 3 9.09%
24 Fat Lever 37 538 14.54 2 1 3 8.11%
25 Bill Hanzlik 54 433 8.02 2 1 3 5.56%

This is sorted by # of 21+ point games, but if you go by PPG average, or Big game % you see that while there have been a lot of strong scoring forwards, no one hurt us more than Iverson. (#1 in both of those categories) The only saving grace was that he only played in 9 total games against the Jazz as a member of the Nuggets. Going down the list you see many impressive players. Another guy we forget about is Chris Jackson aka. Abdul-Rauf who has the Nuggets record against the Jazz with 51 points. He really stands alone in that single game high scoring list.

However, most people will see English, Issel, Anthony, Vandeweghe, Thompson, and Natt as the primary contributors to our occasional #UTAatDEN Demise.

If you look at the rest of Nuggets history with a "big game" against the Jazz you do find our favorite Jazz-killer.

Points Average Big Game Scoring Breakdown Big Games
Player G PTS PPG 21 to 25 26 to 30 31 to 35 36 to 40 41 to 45 46 to 50 51 + # %
26 Danilo Gallinari 8 112 14.00 1 1 2 25.00%
27 Charlie Scott 9 107 11.89 2 2 22.22%
28 Raef LaFrentz 11 112 10.18 2 2 18.18%
29 Kenneth Faried 12 169 14.08 2 2 16.67%
30 Dale Ellis 13 207 15.92 2 2 15.38%
31 Marcus Camby 17 165 9.71 2 2 11.76%
32 Andre Miller 21 248 11.81 2 2 9.52%
33 Wayne Cooper 29 286 9.86 2 2 6.90%
34 Will Barton 1 22 22.00 1 1 100.00%
35 Orlando Woolridge 3 61 20.33 1 1 33.33%
36 Eric Williams 4 51 12.75 1 1 25.00%
37 Johnny Newman 4 44 11.00 1 1 25.00%
38 J.J. Hickson 5 60 12.00 1 1 20.00%
39 Randy Foye 5 48 9.60 1 1 20.00%
40 Evan Fournier 7 71 10.14 1 1 14.29%
41 George McGinnis 8 131 16.38 1 1 12.50%
42 Joey Graham 8 50 6.25 1 1 12.50%
43 Wilson Chandler 9 115 12.78 1 1 11.11%
44 Earl Boykins 11 133 12.09 1 1 9.09%
45 Voshon Lenard 11 145 13.18 1 1 9.09%
46 Marcus Liberty 14 153 10.93 1 1 7.14%
47 Rob Williams 14 144 10.29 1 1 7.14%
48 Linas Kleiza 16 170 10.63 1 1 6.25%
49 Rodney Rogers 16 93 5.81 1 1 6.25%
50 Arron Afflalo 17 187 11.00 1 1 5.88%
51 Robert Pack 22 232 10.55 1 1 4.55%
52 Mike Evans 43 345 8.02 1 1 2.33%

The infuriating part here is that while Kleiza averages 10.63 ppg against Utah, he basically scored four times as much in a single game. No one else in Jazz vs. Nuggets history has come close to doing something ridiculous like that. Unless, well, we look at another stretch big in LaFrentz who dropped 31+ on the Jazz twice, while averaging 10.18 ppg against Utah. Rough. Or even worse, Foye who averages fewer than 10 ppg against the Jazz as a Nugget blasted off in one game for 26+ points.

Who has the highest PPG average against the Jazz, without scoring 21+ points in a single game? There are a few guys on the list that we all love.

Overall there have been some strong scorers against the Jazz. Can one of their players have a big game tonight? Probably the best candidates are Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, and Wilson Chandler. Guys who can move around the court and hit open threes always hurt the Jazz. Especially when they are wearing a Denver Nuggets jersey.