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Utah Jazz stop Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-93
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson, left, gets tangled up with Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, as he tries to reach the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9), of Spain, shoots a layup as Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) eyes the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap, right, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic of Montenegro, right, has the ball knocked away by Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) grabs a rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams (7) shoots as Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap, left, breaks up a scoring attempt by Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, as Jazz's Al Jefferson, right, looks for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. Millsap led his team with 21 points followed by Jefferson with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Jazz won 97-93. Pekovic scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap, left, and Al Jefferson, right, double-team Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams as he attempts a shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. Millsap led his team with 21 points followed by Jefferson with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Jazz won 97-93. Williams led the Timberwolves with 24 points and 16 rebounds. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, right, of Spain, tries to reach the ball controlled by Utah Jazz's Earl Watson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Jazz won 97-93. Rubio scored 18 points and had 10 assists. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, right, of Montenegro, shoots a layup as Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Jazz won 97-93. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)



Minneapolis -- Paul Millsap scored 21 points and Al Jefferson added 20 as the Utah Jazz held on for a 97-93 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night at Target Center.

In their final game before the All-Star break, the Jazz got off to a miserable start.

After taking a 6-2 lead, Utah failed to convert 13 of its next 14 possessions.

The Jazz managed only four points in the final nine minutes of the first quarter and fell behind, 17-10.

Minnesota built a 20-10 lead when Utah missed six straight shots to start the second quarter. But DeMarre Carroll’s three-point play and Enes Kanter’s basket made it 20-15.

The Jazz eventually used a 14-0 run to take a 24-20 lead before Minnesota finally scored on Luke Ridnour’s jumper with 5:58 left in the half.

Ridnour finished with 12 points as the Timberwolves stayed within two at the half, 42-40.

In the third quarter, the Jazz scored only three points in the first five minutes. But they converted 12 of their final 14 possessions to build a 68-63 lead.

Utah maintained its momentum when Kanter opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back baskets.

Alec Burks’ three-point play with 6:51 gave the Jazz an 84-69 lead and they held on down the stretch for their second straight win.

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