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Utah Jazz fall to T-wolves thanks to horrible shooting
Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, right, get tangled up during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mark Blinch)
Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, tries to wrestle the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter, of Turkey, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, releases a shot over Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter, of Turkey, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, leans backward on a shot attempt as Utah Jazz's Trey Burke defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Corey Brewer looks up to see his shot drop in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, tries to wrestle the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, right, of Spain, makes a behind-the-back pass to Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, as Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Alec Burks, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves' Corey Brewer looks up during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, left, of Montenegro, shoots over Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 27 points and 14 rebounds in their 98-72 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Alec Burks, right, beats Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, center, to the rebound as he is tied up with Marvin Williams, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. Burks led the Jazz with 18 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, left, Ricky Rubio, center, and Nikola Pekovic, right, celebrate a dunk by Gorgui Dieng during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz's Alec Burks, center, is double-teamed by Minnesota Timberwolves' Ronny Turiaf, left, of France, and Dante Cunningham, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Alexey Shved, left, of Russia, shoots over Utah Jazz's Ian Clark during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng dunks in the second half as Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans watches during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman applauds his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis, where the Timberwolves defeated the Utah Jazz 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin talks to his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Martin eyes the basket as Utah Jazz defender Richard Jefferson pursues during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 98-72. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minneapolis • Here was Jeremy Evans, former NBA Slam Dunk Champion, soaring into the key, grabbing an offensive rebound — and then missing the putback at the rim.

Not once.

Not twice.

Three times.

“Oh, man. It was horrible,” Evans said, reflecting back on that frustratingly futile sequence late in the second quarter Saturday. “I told myself, ‘There’s no way I’m going to miss these shots. There’s definitely a lid on this thing.’ That just explains what kind of night we had.”

Indeed, Evans was not alone in his struggles at the Target Center, as the Jazz closed out their three-game road swing with a 98-72 blowout loss at the hands of the Timberwolves.

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The 6-foot-10 Derrick Favors was stuffed by the rim in the first half and then missed a sure dunk badly on his second try. Rookie point guard Trey Burke, meanwhile, hit just two of his 10 shots from the floor.

They weren’t alone either.

How bad was Utah’s shooting? Historically so.

The team’s 28.8 field goal percentage (21 for 73) was the worst in franchise history. The Jazz’s previous low came on Nov. 14, 2005, in New York City, when the team converted 29.3 percent of its shots.

“One of those nights, man. One of those nights,” said forward Marvin Williams, who went 1 for 5 and finished with five points. “… They were playing tough. They were overplaying some things. They did a good job of playing physical. But guys were just missing shots they normally made. It wasn’t like they were taking us out of things we were trying to do.”

With the game tied at 9 early, Minnesota went on a 9-0 run capped off by a behind-the-back pass from Ricky Rubio to Nikola Pekovic for two of his game-high 27 points.

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