Seven hours before tipoff, an arena quiet, George Karl envisioned nighttime at EnergySolutions Arena — an ear-popping crowd where "the whistle gets wild and crazy against you," he said. Oh, and Utah had won five consecutive games, fighting for a playoff spot. As such, the Nuggets' coach suggested that Wednesday's game would either be close in the fourth, or a blowout — in favor of the home team.

So what happened? Well, let's put it this way — Timofey Mozgov played.

The Nuggets blew out the Jazz in Utah, 113-96, thanks to stat sheet-stuffing games from numerous players.

"It's not very often that this building is empty by the end of the game," Karl said.

It was bananas. Danilo Gallinari scored a team-high 21 points, including a huge 3 in the fourth. Kenneth Faried had 19 points and eight rebounds. Kosta Koufos gobbled up 13 rebounds in 24 minutes. And even Evan Fournier, again, made major impacts as the backup point guard, and took advantage of garbage time, finishing with 18 points.

"You have to stay ready and stay focused," said Fournier, who made an impressive and-one in the fourth. "I'm just enjoying it now because when Ty comes back I'll probably go back to the bench. But now I think coach knows I can help the team."

What a night, indeed. With the win, the Nuggets (51-24) have the third-most wins in the Western Conference, with seven games remaining.

"It's a solid win for us in a race that probably will go down to the last day," Karl said. "In a way I hate helping the Lakers, but they can help us against Memphis or the Clippers."

On Thursday, Denver has a tough back-to-back game at home against Dallas, but starting point guard Andre Miller, who could drive legally when Fournier was born, logged only 26 minutes, getting to rest in the fourth quarter.