This is how quickly it all crumbles.

In 48 minutes Wednesday night, the Jazz went from a five-game winning streak to an embarrassing loss, from having everybody begin to believe in them to causing a rush for the exits midway through the fourth quarter, from showing signs of storming into the playoffs to just hoping the Los Angeles Lakers implode.

The Jazz’s 113-96 loss to Denver at EnergySolutions Arena could be traced to any number of factors, starting with the reality that the Nuggets are much better than anybody else they’ve played lately. And the irony of the Jazz’s phenomenal outside shooting of the previous two games is that such confidence is exactly what caused this game to unravel for them.

Those displays against Brooklyn and Portland stemmed from efficient offense, the inside-out approach that creates open shots. Not so against the Nuggets. This looked more like a one-pass-and-fire approach. "That’s not who we are," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin.

Opening the third quarter, trailing by only five points, the Jazz proceeded to launch one failed attempt after another on their first six possessions. The film shows that Jazz center Al Jefferson touched the ball during that sequence, but you would never know it by the shot chart.

Paul Millsap, 20-footer. Gordon Hayward, 25-footer. Mo Williams, layup blocked by ex-Jazz center Kosta Koufos. Hayward, 17-footer. Randy Foye, 25-footer. Williams, 23-footer.