Sports - Denver Nuggets

Feb 5, 2011 1:38 AM by Lee Douglas

Slumping Jazz beat Nuggets at Pepsi Center

DENVER (AP) - Deron Williams' return to the lineup helped the Utah Jazz snap out of their funk with a 113-106 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

The Jazz had lost eight of 10 and had been without Williams for the last four games after he strained a tendon in his right wrist against San Antonio on Jan. 26.

Williams scored 26 points and dished out 12 assists in his return - better than his season averages of 21.9 points and 9.4 assists that earned him his second straight All-Star pick this week.

Al Jefferson had 28 points and 10 boards, and Raja Bell scored 20 for the Jazz. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 31 points and Nene tied his career high with 28.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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