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Utah Jazz cruise to much-needed 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.
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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.
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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.

Tyrone Corbin received everything he asked for. Not on Christmas, but an average Wednesday, the second box on the calendar. His team played at a faster pace and made baskets at a higher rate, and did so with ramped up intelligence and flair. They were balanced and unselfish.

Former Jazz All-Star Andrei Kirilenko played well — but not too well.

There was so much good, it was easy to forget that Wednesday was actually one of the worst days of the Jazz’s season.

If only winning cured everything, including an injured thumb.

Ninety minutes before the Jazz commenced their 106-84 drubbing of Kirilenko and his Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced that point guard Mo Williams will undergo surgery on his right thumb Friday and will miss a minimum of six weeks.

Bad news begets bad news. Before Wednesday, the Jazz (16-17) had been dreadful, losers of seven of nine games and three in a row.

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"We could have got good news all week," Al Jefferson said. "We still needed a win."

If they can summon what worked for them against the T-Wolves, they may be just fine.

Gordon Hayward came off the bench to lead six Jazz players in double figures with 17 points. Enes Kanter added 15 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes before spraining his ankle in the final moments of the game. Paul Millsap, three nights after being benched for the fourth quarter of a loss to the Clippers, scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

The Jazz turned a nice 53-45 halftime lead into an all-out laugher by forcing nine straight stops to start the third quarter on an 11-0 run.

They were effective in transition, pushing the tempo and finishing plays with dunks and layups. Utah outscored Minnesota, which was without Ricky Rubio for the second straight game, 56-36 in the paint and 25-8 in transition.

Before the game, Corbin said the Jazz needed to find speed to replace Mo Williams. Speed granted.

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Utah marks return of Kirilenko to Salt Lake City with a much-needed win.

At a glance

Highlights

O Utah posts its 2nd-widest margin of victory of the season.

» Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz with 17 points off the bench.

» Ex-Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko records 12 points and 7 rebounds in his first game back in Salt Lake City.

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