SALT LAKE CITY — For the second game in a row, the Utah Jazz rolled over the Denver Nuggets Friday afternoon, winning Game 3 of their first-round playoff series 124-87 to take a 2-1 lead.

(3) Denver Nuggets

vs. (6) Utah Jazz

Game 1

Nuggets 135, Jazz 125 (OT)

Game 2

Jazz 124, Nuggets 105

Game 3

Jazz 124, Nuggets 87

Game 4

Jazz 129, Nuggets 127

Game 5

Nuggets 117, Jazz 107

Game 6

Nuggets 119, Jazz 107

Game 7

Nuggets 80, Jazz 78, Nuggets win series 4-3

Here are three keys from the game.

  • The Jazz were tremendous defensively throughout, starting with the first quarter as the Nuggets scored just 14 points in the opening 12 minutes. Most notably, Utah did an outstanding job of getting in passing lanes to force turnovers. The Jazz finished with nine steals, and Denver committed 17 turnovers overall.
  • The Jazz were also very good offensively, as the Nuggets’ hapless defense had no answers. Utah went 18-of-37 from behind the 3-point line and scored 48 points in the paint.
  • After missing the first two games of the series, Utah guard Mike Conley was outstanding, finishing with 27 points.