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Utah Jazz outlast Timberwolves, head into break with win
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, 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)
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The Jazz did a good job of getting the ball to Foye, an 80-percent free-throw shooter who nailed four straight in the final 15.6 seconds.

“That’s why I put him back in the game — to give him that opportunity,” said Corbin. “We knew they had to foul, and we wanted to get the ball to a guy we feel comfortable shooting those [free throws].”

Foye had been sitting the entire fourth quarter, but he calmly made the free throws when it mattered the most.

“I was stiff, but I knocked them down like I always do at the end of games,” he said. “This was definitely an important game going into the break.”

Coming off a 109-94 win over Oklahoma City just 24 hours earlier, the Jazz were as flat as Minnesota farmland in the first quarter.

In one stretch, Utah converted only one of 14 possessions and the Timberwolves built a 17-10 lead.

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“The one thing we didn’t do was feel sorry for ourselves,” Corbin said, “even though we were kind of running in mud at the beginning. ... Fortunately there was a lot of time left.”

Said Jefferson, “I was thinking, ‘It’s not our quarter,’ not, ‘It’s not our night.’ We knew we were going to get it together.”

The Jazz rallied to take a 42-40 halftime lead. They finished the third quarter well, too, and took a 68-63 advantage into the final 12 minutes.

Despite leading by as many as 15, however, Utah found itself on the ropes down the stretch.

“We had to weather the storm,” Corbin said, “but it was a good win for us. ... We didn’t play our best tonight, but we hung in there and fought and won a tough ball game against a team that’s playing very hard.”

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Utah almost loses sizeable lead but goes into break with a win.

At a glance

Jazz 97, Wolves 93

O The Jazz head into the All-Star break after a victory at Minnesota.

» Paul Millsap scores 21 points, and Al Jefferson adds 20.

» The Jazz own three 3 minutes left.

Jazz 97, Timberwolves 93

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

MaWllms 15:48 0-1 0-0 0-7 0 1 0

Millsap 35:35 7-15 7-11 4-8 2 4 21

Jefferson 34:03 9-18 2-3 1-11 1 1 20

Tinsley 15:36 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 3

Foye 26:47 2-11 5-5 0-0 2 2 10

Favors 20:03 3-6 1-2 2-6 1 5 7

Watson 23:50 2-7 2-2 1-5 5 1 6

Burks 29:47 4-9 1-1 2-6 7 4 9

Carroll 24:34 5-9 1-1 2-5 0 2 11

Kanter 13:57 5-9 0-0 1-3 0 2 10

Totals 240:00 38-87 19-25 13-53 20 22 97

Percentages: FG .437, FT .760. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Tinsley 1-1, Foye 1-5, Burks 0-1, Millsap 0-1, Watson 0-1, Carroll 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 14 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Favors 2, Millsap 2, Carroll, Foye, Jefferson, Kanter, Ma.Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Watson 4, Burks 3, Kanter 2, Millsap 2, Foye, Jefferson, Tinsley). Steals: 7 (Jefferson 3, Burks 2, Foye, Kanter). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Minn. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Gelabale 24:04 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2

DWillms 36:34 7-17 8-11 4-16 0 3 24

Pekovic 39:42 7-16 5-8 7-13 0 2 19

Rubio 40:16 3-13 12-13 2-9 10 1 18

Ridnour 37:20 7-15 2-2 1-3 2 6 18

Shved 10:32 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Barea 23:48 2-10 1-2 0-1 6 0 6

Stiemsma 7:58 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 1 0

Cninghm 19:46 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 4 6

Johnson 0:01 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 29-85 30-38 14-49 18 19 93

Percentages: FG .341, FT .789. 3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (D.Williams 2-5, Ridnour 2-6, Barea 1-5, Shved 0-1, Gelabale 0-2, Rubio 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 10 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Pekovic, Rubio, D.Williams). Turnovers: 10 (Barea 2, Rubio 2, Cunningham, Gelabale, Pekovic, Ridnour, Shved, D.Williams). Steals: 8 (Rubio 4, Cunningham 2, Barea, Pekovic). Technical Fouls: Stiemsma, 0:32.7 second.

Utah 10 32 26 29 — 97

Minnesota 17 23 23 30 — 93

Attendance » 13,117

Time » 2:13.

Officials » Bennett Salvatore, Eric Dalen, Ed Malloy.


 
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