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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)
Utah Jazz stop Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-93
NBA » Team would love to beat Wolves and enter the break on a roll
First Published Feb 13 2013 04:04 pm • Last Updated Feb 19 2013 05:49 pm

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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