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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)
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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.

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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.”

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