SALT LAKE CITY -- Even at 37, Andre Miller is dangerous.
So said Jazz guard Randy Foye following Wednesday's loss to the Denver Nuggets.
With starter Ty Lawson, 25, on the bench with an injury, Miller got the start and did a stellar job of quarterbacking the Nuggets. The former U of U point guard scored 13 points and dished six assists.
"Sometimes you'd rather play them with Lawson because you know what he's going to do," Foye said. "Andre Miller, he's kind of deceptive. He's going, he stops, then he goes and he stops. I know it might sound weird, but with Lawson you know he's going to come at you 100 miles an hour. And you know if he gets it going, he gets it going. But I would rather play against him than Andre Miller."
Miller shot 6-for-12 for the game and was 1-for-1 behind the 3-point line. Most importantly, he helped the Nuggets score 58 points in the paint.
"We came out and played good, solid basketball for 48 minutes," he said.
Nuggets 113, Jazz 96
* BEST PLAY(S): Attempting to establish "Salt Lob City," point guard Mo Williams leaves an alley oop pass for teammate Marvin Williams with 1:45 left before halftime. Marvin catches up to it and throws down a dunk over ex-Jazzman Kosta Koufos. The basket cuts Denver's lead to 51-47. ... Unfortunately for the Jazz, Denver gets the last laugh as the Nuggets flash their own version of the lob play. With 5:25 left in the game, Corey Brewer leaves the ball near the rim for bigman JaVale McGee, who throws it down to put Denver ahead 101-82.
* BEST LINE: Denver's Kenneth Faried played only 25 minutes but still finished with 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
* KEY STAT: The Nuggets outscored the Jazz 58-40 in the paint.
* HELP DEFENSE: Following Wednesday's shootaround, Al Jefferson said he has learned a few things from younger teammate Derrick Favors, specifically on the defensive end.
"It's amazing, from a third-year guy, I've learned some defensive stuff from him," Jefferson said of Favors, 21. "You're never too old to learn things and pick up things from younger players."
Favors said Jefferson, in turn, gave him a few ideas about playing on the offensive end.
"(Jefferson taught) just being patient in the post," Favors said. "Sometimes I can be a little bit impatient (and) try to make a move too fast. He told me just take my time."
* HISTORY LESSON: In a remarkable display of longevity, on today's date in 1997, Jazz Hall of Famer Karl Malone became the first player in NBA history to reach the 2,000-point plateau for 10 consecutive seasons. The Mailman added to the streak the following season, but it ended when he played in only 49 games and scored only 1,164 points during the 1998-99 campaign. He bounced back during the 1999-00 season and scored 2,098 points as a 36-year-old.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz were again without the services of big man Enes Kanter (shoulder), who now has missed his fourth game since separating his left shoulder on March 27. ... Lawson (Plantar fascia tear) now has missed five of Denver's last six games.
* ETC.: Marvin Williams and Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 10 points apiece at halftime. ... Faried, Miller, and Brewer had 11 each for the Nuggets. ... The Nuggets and Jazz each scored 28 points in the second quarter. ... Denver took a 56-51 lead. ... The Jazz opened the third quarter by going nearly five minutes without a field goal. ... The Nuggets lead the NBA in points in the paint, averaging 57.8 per game. ... They also lead in fastbreak points, averaging 19.6 per game. They had 19 against the Jazz.
* UP NEXT: The New Orleans Hornets will pay a visit on Friday, then the Jazz will travel to Oakland for a game with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.