Nuggets’ big fourth leaves Jazz signing the Blues

Gary Harris scored 20 points, Jamal Murray had 19, and the host Denver Nuggets used a big fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 103-88 on Saturday night.

Nikola Jokic had 16 assists and 10 rebounds, but missed a triple-double with just seven points for Denver, which outscored Utah 35-15 in the final quarter.

The Jazz, who have lost three in a row, got a scare when Donovan Mitchell was helped off the court midway through the fourth. He was favoring his left leg but returned a few minutes later.

Mitchell, who sat out Friday’s loss to Memphis with a right hamstring injury he tweaked Wednesday at Minnesota, scored 16 points. Jae Crowder had 21 points for Utah (4-5).

Denver (8-1) came into the night hitting 30.4 percent of its 3-pointers and got two big ones early in the fourth quarter during an 18-0 run that turned a 77-71 deficit into an 89-77 lead halfway through the period.

Malik Beasley’s 3 from the top gave the Nuggets the lead and Mason Plumlee, who had attempted just one 3-point shot all season, hit one in front of the Denver bench to beat the shot clock and make it 82-77 with 8:36 left. It was the first made 3 of his career.

Beasley, who finished with 12 points, capped the rally with another 3-pointer. In all, the Nuggets outscored the Jazz 24-3 in the game-changing run.

Denver led by a point after Murray hit a jumper midway through the third quarter, but the Jazz then surged into the lead.

Joe Ingles hit a 3-pointer to put Utah ahead, Mitchell scored on a layup and Crowder drained another 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 67-60 lead.

Rudy Gobert had consecutive dunks to make it 71-62, Utah’s biggest lead of the game. Denver got within five heading into the fourth quarter.

The first half was a slugfest, with neither team leading by more than seven. No one could hit from long range, combining to go 6 of 29 from behind the arc before intermission.

The Nuggets led 47-46 at halftime.