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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.
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"That all starts defensively for us," Hayward said. "When we get stops, then we can run and we’re able to use some of our athleticism."

Minnesota committed only 12 turnovers, but the Jazz forced seven steals and turned those turnovers into 15 points.

The game marked Kirilenko’s first time back at EnergySolutions Arena after playing the first 10 seasons of his career with the Jazz. After being received warmly during pregame introductions, the 31-year-old Kirilenko finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.

"There’s a lot of memories," Kirilenko said "Every fan for 10 years has some good moments, and I have a lot of good moments here. So it’s very nice to play against this crowd. They’ve been very friendly."

However, Kirilenko was just one of many Timberwolves the Jazz held in check. All-NBA forward Kevin Love finished with a team-high 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

The T-Wolves finished just 34.5 percent from the field while the Jazz made 49.4 percent of their shots.

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Even without Mo Williams, it was the kind of feel-good performance needed for a team that, before the game, didn’t feel so good.

"Everybody’s heartbroken about Mo," Derrick Favors said. "But we know he’s going to be all right. He’s a tough guy. He’s going to be cool. So we just come out there and play like he was with us."

And even though he wasn’t, the Jazz were, for a night, just fine.

"This is who we have," Corbin said. "Can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we can’t look around the corner and see what’s going to happen. This is who we have, and we have to figure out how we can be as good as we can be with this group right now."

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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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