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Utah Jazz: Season ends with loss to Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, of Spain, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies' Quincy Pondexter (20) dunks over Utah Jazz's Randy Foye during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) drives against Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, of Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph (50) drives around Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Randolph scored 25 points during the Grizzlies 86-70 victory over the Jazz. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins claps during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Jazz 86-70. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies' Darrell Arthur holds on to the basket after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Jazz 86-70. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin claps during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Jazz 86-70. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph gets a defensive rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Grizzlies won 86-70. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, of Spain, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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The Jazz trailed by as much as 20 points, but cut the deficit to 10 with 4:48 remaining in the game. However, Randy Foye missed a 3-pointer on the Jazz’s next possession, and Jerryd Bayless responded on the other end with a 29-foot 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.

If Foye’s 3 had gone in, coach Tyrone Corbin said, “it’s a new ballgame. ... That would have gave us a fighting chance to get back in.”

The Jazz will bring the season to a tidy finish Thursday, when players return to EnergySolutions Arena and clean out their lockers, many for the last time. But as they left the visitors’ locker room at FedEx Forum, they made sure to reflect on the year with a gathering sense of nostalgia.

“I’m just proud,” Corbin said, “of the way this group stayed together and fought.”

A month after losing 12 of 15 games, the Jazz finished the year winners in nine of 12, a relative upswing for a season that could have been completely derailed by promises of free agency. But they got close enough to the playoffs to start dreaming. “As a team,” Randy Foye said, “we felt invincible. We felt as though no one could beat us. And we felt as though if we could have gotten into the playoffs, the momentum that we had going forward was just incredible.”

Now, as a proud franchise goes forward, the Jazz don’t know what they have — other than a longer offseason than they hoped to have as they consider the possibilities.

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With loss at Memphis, Utah falls short in bid to squeak into playoffs.

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The Jazz fall short of the playoffs for the second time in three years with an 86-70 loss.

» The Jazz shoot just 32.1 percent from the field and score a season-low 70 points.

» Memphis’ Zach Randolph leads all scorers with 25 points and adds 19 rebounds.

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