The duel of the cadors of the West between the Utah Jazz of Rudy Gobert and the Denver Nuggets of a Nikola Jokic, left injured in the first period, was intense. Much more than the gap in the final score suggests (122-110). Like a clash between the replacement of the French, Hassan Whiteside, and Jeff Green, both sent off in the 4th quarter, the shock of the night was sometimes tense, in any case tight from start to finish. . Or almost.

Nothing indicates that the result would have been the opposite if Nikola Jokic had remained until the end on the floor of the Jazz. But it must be said that the Serbian, the reigning MVP, was in the midst of his start to the season before his release. With 24 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes, his knee injury late in the second quarter was a blow to the Nuggets. And no doubt that it will be watched more than attentively by the franchise …

Without their master to play, nor Jamal Murray, on the return, the troops of Michael Malone stuck the basques of the teammates of a good Donovan Mitchell (22 points, 6 assists) all the 3rd quarter, and part of the last act. Already diminished on the ground, the visitors could not count on their bench to support Monte Morris (19 points) and Will Barton (21 points). Five minutes from the end of the meeting, the difference in contribution between the substitutes was significant: 39 points to 9 for Clarkson, Ingles and others.

The crossover had yet been fascinating to follow during the first part of the shock. But with an 18-4 spent in the heart of the last period, faced with the lack of success of Aaron Gordon (two three-point shots missed in quick succession, despite 20 points in the end) or Michael Porter Jr. (13 points at 27.8%), the impressive collective of a Jazz on whom it will really be necessary to count this season took the top on Denver. Utah signs a third victory in as many games.