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Utah Jazz enter All-Star break in shock after 100-98 loss to Minnesota

Jazz blow 16-point lead in final 91/2 minutes at Minnesota, deepening midseason crisis.



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Before Millsap scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds Wednesday, he planned to completely get away during the four-day hiatus. Tune out basketball. Leave the game behind.

After watching his team fall apart Wednesday, there was little to say; nothing to do but disappear for a while, then hopefully return renewed and ready for the climb.

At a glance

Storylines

In short » The Jazz blow a 16-point fourth-quarter lead and lose on Luke Ridnour’s running floater with no time left.

Key stat » Minnesota sinks 11 of 22 3-point attempts, including 5 of 9 during the fourth quarter.

Key moment » Up 93-90 with 1:54 to go, Utah allows the Wolves to close the game on a 10-5 run.

Timberwolves 100, Jazz 98

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Howard 31:48 8-15 2-3 2-6 2 6 19

Millsap 38:14 10-17 5-5 1-9 2 4 25

Jefferson 37:25 8-20 2-2 5-11 1 3 18

Harris 25:30 3-7 4-4 0-2 8 6 10

Hayward 30:12 3-7 1-2 1-2 2 1 7

Favors 12:16 1-2 3-4 1-6 1 3 5

Watson 22:32 1-4 0-0 1-1 5 3 2

Miles 18:30 2-6 2-2 0-0 2 1 6

Kanter 8:04 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0

Burks 15:30 3-5 0-2 2-2 2 2 6

Totals 240:01 39-85 19-24 14-41 25 29 98

Percentages: FG .459, FT .792. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Howard 1-1, Harris 0-1, Hayward 0-1, Watson 0-1, Miles 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Millsap 2, Jefferson, Kanter). Turnovers: 9 (Hayward 3, Favors 2, Burks, Harris, Jefferson, Millsap). Steals: 15 (Hayward 3, Jefferson 3, Watson 3, Harris 2, Millsap 2, Burks, Howard). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Minn. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Johnson 20:46 4-7 0-0 1-4 0 2 9

Love 37:06 3-14 4-6 3-10 3 4 10

Pekovic 32:29 3-11 9-10 8-12 0 2 15

Rubio 32:24 2-7 1-6 1-3 6 2 7

Ridnour 34:44 5-10 6-6 2-3 6 2 17

Webster 21:22 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 5

Beasley 8:37 1-3 0-2 0-1 0 0 2

Barea 26:07 7-12 3-3 1-4 4 3 22

Williams 20:16 4-8 4-5 3-9 0 1 13

Milicic 6:09 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

Totals 240:00 31-77 27-38 19-48 20 19 100

Percentages: FG .403, FT .711. 3-Point Goals: 11-22, .500 (Barea 5-6, Rubio 2-3, Williams 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Ridnour 1-3, Webster 1-3, Love 0-2). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 18 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Beasley, Johnson, Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Rubio 6, Love 3, Barea 2, Ridnour 2, Johnson, Milicic, Pekovic, Williams). Steals: 5 (Love 3, Rubio 2). Technical Fouls: None.

Utah 27 22 28 21 — 98

Minnesota 15 22 27 36 — 100

Attendance » 18,776

Time » 2:18.

Officials » Ron Garretson, Derrick Collins, Steve Anderson.

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What happens when the Jazz break down?

"I don’t know," Millsap said twice, nearly whispering.

How much did Ridnour’s floater sting?

"It is what it is," Millsap said. "We blew two leads. They came back and they hit shots. We lost the game."

Briefly

Corbin said he’ll spend the All-Star break considering whether or not to permanently move Howard into the starting lineup. Howard started Wednesday in place of injured guard Raja Bell, who missed his second straight game due to a strained left adductor. Howard said he’s at Corbin’s "disposal" and will play whatever role his coach asks. Bell was not available for comment. … Third-string Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (stomach flu) did not dress.

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