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Rudy Gobert Halts MVP Hopeful Nikola Jokić With Late Block In Jazz Win Over Nuggets

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) gets a block on Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) as the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 7, 2021. Utah won 127-120. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Jazz center Rudy Gobert blocked a shot by MVP candidate and Nuggets star Nikola Jokić late in Utah’s win over Denver.

The Jazz hosted the Nuggets on Friday, May 7.

Utah won the game, 127-120.

With 3:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, Gobert swatted a seven-foot hook shot by the MVP hopeful.

Jazz forward Joe Ingles collected the rebounds and pushed the ball ahead to Jordan Clarkson, who connected on a 25-foot three-pointer.

Clarkson’s triple stretch Utah’s lead to 117-111.

Gobert would finish the game with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in 35 minutes.

Jokić had 24 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists, and a block in 35 minutes.

With the win, the Jazz improved their NBA-best record this season to 49-18, including 30-4 at home.

Utah’s next contest is home game is against the Houston Rockets on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on AT&T SportsNet and 97.5 FM.

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