David Zalubowski, Associated Press
Dick Motta, left, talks over a play with Denver Nuggets guard Mark Jackson during the team's practice early Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996 as they prepare for a game against the winless Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Motta was named head coach of the Nuggets after the practice in Denver's McNichols Sports Arena, succeeding Bernie Bickerstaff who will return to his duties as club president.

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In what is believed to be the biggest comeback in NBA history, the Utah Jazz overcame a 36-point deficit at the Delta Center to beat the Denver Nuggets 107-103 for their eighth win in a row.

The Nuggets shot 73 percent from the field in the first half and led 70-36 at halftime.

Karl Malone had 31 points, 17 rebounds and six assists.

Utah State grad Dick Motta had just barely taken over Denvers head coaching position from Bernie Bickerstaff a game before.

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