DENVER -- Guard Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, center Derrick Favors had 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 103-93 on Friday night.
Forward Richard Jefferson scored 14 points for the Jazz, who led most of the way.
It was also Denver's third loss at Pepsi Center this year, matching its total from all of last season.
Denver tried to pull away after taking a four-point lead early in the fourth but Utah responded. Hayward and forward Richard Jefferson had three-point plays, and Favors' putback gave the Jazz a 94-89 lead.
Utah led by nine at halftime and quickly increased it to 16 in the third quarter. Jefferson hit a 3-pointer and a running jumper before feeding Favors for a dunk to make it 65-49 with 3:20 gone in the period.
It was the Nuggets' first lead since 4-3.
Denver led 75-73 heading into the fourth after Hamilton's three-point play with 1.6 seconds left in the third.
The Jazz started the game by hitting their first four 3-pointers and six of their first shots overall. They built an early 10-point lead but saw the Nuggets cut it to one midway through the second period.
NOTES: Nuggets G Ty Lawson returned to the lineup after missing the last week with a strained left hamstring. Lawson, the team's leading scorer at 19.3 points a game, missed the last two games of Denver's six-game Eastern Conference road trip. ... Entering Friday, the Jazz have gone 4-6 since starting the season 1-13. ... Before the game, the Nuggets had a moment to acknowledge the people impacted by the shooting at Arapahoe High School in nearby Littleton. ... The Jazz came into Friday's game ranked first in the NBA in 3-point shooting in December at 45.5 percent (40-for-88). ... Denver's 75 points in Monday's 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards were the fewest in a win since beating Dallas 75-71 on April 6, 2007.