Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gobert scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell added 22 points and the Utah Jazz (3-0) remained undefeated with a 122-110 (35-31, 31-33, 25-26, 31-20) win over the Denver Nuggets (2-2) on Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.

Player of the Game
Rudy  Gobert
EFF
24
Rudy Gobert
Points 23
Accuracy 7-8
Rebounds 16
Assists 0

The Nuggets only got 15 minutes from reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic, who left the game late in the first half with a right knee contusion after bumping knees with Gobert. Jokic didn't return after compiling 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the short stint.

The Jazz moved to 3-0 and are just one of three teams - along with 4-0 Chicago and 4-0 Golden State - that have yet to lose in the 2021-22 season.

Even without its star for most of the game, Denver kept it close, going into halftime down by just two points and then taking an 88-85 lead late in the third quarter. Will Barton helped the Nuggets outscore the Jazz 26-25 in that period with 16 points.

Barton finished with 21 points, Aaron Gordon contributed 20 and Monte Morris chipped in with 19 as Denver fell for the second consecutive night after starting the season 2-0.

After three solid quarters of play, Denver, which traveled to Utah late Monday night following a 99-87 home defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, faded at the tail end of a back-to-back set.

Michael Porter Jr. gave Denver a 93-91 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, but the Jazz turned their intensity up a notch during an 11-2 run. That put Utah up 102-95 and pushed the momentum in the home team's direction for the rest of the game.

The Nuggets were held to 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Utah spread around the offense while shooting 51.8 percent from the field overall. Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson fired in 19 points off the bench, and starters Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley Jr. each scored 15 as seven Jazz players reached double digits.

Jazz: Rudy Gobert 23 (16 REB), Donovan Mitchell 22 (6 AST), Jordan Clarkson 19, Bojan Bogdanovic 15, Mike Conley 15 (5 AST), Joe Ingles 13 (5 REB), Hassan Whiteside 10.

Nuggets: Nikola Jokic 24 (6 REB, 6 AST), Will Barton 21, Aaron Gordon 20 (7 REB), Monte Morris 19, Michael Porter Jr. 13 (9 REB).

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Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets
52%
44/85
Field goals
51%
42/83
52
Rebounds
45
20
Assists
19
5
Steals
9
22
Fouls
23
121
Efficiency
101

Best players

Rudy  Gobert
23 PTS
7/8 FG
9/16 FT
Nikola  Jokic
24 PTS
8/9 FG
5/7 FT
Rudy  Gobert
16 REB
13 DREB
3 OREB
Michael  Porter
9 REB
8 DREB
1 OREB
Donovan  Mitchell
6 As
5 TO
34 MIN
Nikola  Jokic
6 As
1 TO
15 MIN
Rudy  Gobert
24 EFF
88% 2P%
- 3P%
Nikola  Jokic
31 EFF
83% 2P%
100% 3P%