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DENVER - The Utah Jazz have been frustrated all season, but their despondence reached a new low after their starters combined for just 19 points.
The Denver Nuggets capitalized on the futility as Earl Boykins came off the bench to score 20 points, outscoring all five Utah starters by himself, and Carmelo Anthony had 25 points in the Nuggets' 97-87 victory over the Jazz on Tuesday night.
Andrei Kirilenko led the starters with eight points. Kirk Snyder had six, Carlos Boozer four, Jarron Collins one and Raul Lopez was held scoreless.
"Not too many people can win that way unless the other team doesn't show up," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "It didn't appear that we showed up."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a team's starters combined for 19 points or less was when Denver's starting five had 15 points against Indiana on Nov. 11, 2003.
"We were frustrated, got sat on the bench and didn't have a chance to play," said Kirilenko, who was limited to 23 minutes. "It was a right decision because we didn't play good."
Mehmet Okur led the Jazz with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Raja Bell had 16 points. Boozer, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, added six rebounds for the Jazz.
Kenyon Martin had 17 points and Marcus Camby added 14 rebounds and seven blocks as the Nuggets improved to 5-1 under new coach George Karl. Of the five victories, none have come against a team with a winning record.
After Okur's tip in made it 48-48 with 8:18 left in the third quarter, Anthony had two dunks and nine points in a 13-0 run.