By halftime, Minnesota’s Kevin Martin had 16 of his 20 points and forward Kevin Love had already notched his league-leading 34th double-double of the season.
The Jazz, on the other hand, mustered just 23 points in the first half, a season-low in a season with plenty of them.
“Right from the beginning we didn’t have any pep to us, didn’t have any energy,” said Jazz coach Ty Corbin. “We settled for jump shots and they were going to the basket.”
And they went there often. Thanks in large part to Pekovic, the T-wolves outscored the Jazz 50-18 in the paint and built up a 36-point lead at point.
“They didn’t have an answer for him,” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said of his center.
Utah guard Alec Burks, starting in place of the injured Gordon Hayward for a fifth straight game, scored nine points in the third quarter, matching the team’s output in the previous period. Burks finished with a team-high 18 points — the only Jazz player to reach double-figures.
The Jazz looked tired from the outset. They were playing their third game in four nights and coming off a rout of the Detroit Pistons the night before in Michigan.
“Everything was short or flat,” Williams said. “Maybe our legs were a little bit tired but you can’t make excuses about that.”
Minnesota was also playing in the second half of a back-to-back and looked eager to put a three-game losing streak behind.
The loss dropped Utah to 14-28 on the season.
The Jazz now return home for a Tuesday rematch with the Timberwolves at EnergySolutions Arena.
“If we come with effort like this … we’re going to have trouble all year long,” Corbin said. “We have to understand we can’t play this way.”« Previous Page