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Utah Jazz: Hayward, Jazz roll to easy win over Minnesota
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Former Utah Jazz player Andrei Kirilenko sits for an interview with Steve Brown, left, before the Minnesota Timberwolves, his new team, takes on the Jazz Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) looks for the shot with Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic defending as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) defends and power forward Marvin Williams (2) watches in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Alexey Shved (1) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, left, and teammate small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) defend against Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap, center, in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) with the ball surrounded by Minnesota defenders as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) with the ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) is blocked by Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks the ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) collides with Minnesota's Alexey Shved as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) blocks a shot by Minnesota's Derrick Williams as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) blocks a shot by Minnesota's Derrick Williams as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) goes to the basket, defended by Minnesota's Greg Steimsma as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Alexey Shved (1) defends and Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour (13) looks on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) dunks the ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) leaps up for a dunk as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) reacts after being fouled by Minnesota's Greg Steimsma, far right, as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City. Second from right is Minnesota's Dante Cunningham.
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko takes the floor as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) dunks the ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) looks for the shot, defended by Minnesota's Luke Ridnour as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) puts up a shot over Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) shoots from outside as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour (13) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman shouts at a referee in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) lays the ball up as Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Kevin Love (42) and Andrei Kirilenko (47) defend and center Nikola Pekovic (14) watches in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko drives to the basket as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Defending is Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2).
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko drives to the basket as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City. Defending is Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2).
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Minnesota's Kevin Love reaches for a loose ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City. At left is Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) and right is Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24).
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Minnesota's Kevin Love reaches for a loose ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City. At left is Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) and right is Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24).
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Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6), Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic and Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) reach for a loose ball as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Minnesota's Luke Ridnour drives on Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko looks for a call as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko shoots a free throw as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko takes a shot as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko takes a shot as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin protests a call as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin protests a call as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) flies high over Minnesota's Lou Admundson as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball Wednesday January 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City.

Gordon Hayward scored 17 points and five teammates also reached double figures as the Utah Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena with a 106-84 victory over Minnesota.

The Jazz had lost seven of their previous nine games.

Minnesota started well and took an 8-4 lead on a rebound basket by Andrei Kirilenko, who finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists in his return to Utah.

The Jazz responded by converting five straight possessions. Paul Millsap and Jamaal Tinsley scored four points during an 11-2 run that gave Utah a 15-10 lead with 6:08 remaining.

The Timberwolves started going inside, however, and regained a 24-23 lead by the end of the quarter.

Led by Earl Watson, Enes Kanter and Hayward, Utah built a 38-28 lead with just under eight minutes left in the half.

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Kanter scored eight points before picking up his third foul, while Hayward added seven during the Jazz’s best stretch of the game.

They took a 53-45 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Minnesota failed to convert its opening eight possessions.

The Jazz scored 11 straight points and eventually took a 70-50 lead after Paul Millsap scored eight points in six minutes.

The Timberwolves stayed close, though, by making 10 straight free throws in the final 5:43. They trailed 79-66 heading into the final 12 minutes but never got closer.

Before the tipoff, the Jazz learned they will be without starting point guard Mo Williams for at least six weeks because of thumb surgery.

Williams averages 12.9 points and 6.7 assists. His thumb will be placed in a splint for six weeks. He will be limited to conditioning and restricted weight lifting before being re-evaluated in six weeks.

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