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Utah Jazz: Love lifts Minnesota to 121-104 win
Utah Jazz's Trey Burke (3) steals the ball from Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Trey Burke (3) steals the ball from Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger (10) fouls Utah Jazz's Richard Jefferson (24) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) guards Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9), of Spain, is fouled by Utah Jazz's Richard Jefferson (24) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love (42) shoots as Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter, left, defends in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (0) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward grimaces in frustration in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz guard Diante Garrett is called for a foul as Rudy Gobert rejects a shot by Timberwolves guard JJ Barea in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scores over Jazz forward Marvin Williams in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Jazz guard Trey Burke denies a foul call, with teammates Marvin Williams, left, and Enes Kanter, right, in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward slaps the ball in frustration with a call in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Timberwolves forward Kevin Love posts up against Jazz forward Marvin Williams in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks is fouled on his way to the basket by Timberwolves Center Gorgui Dieng in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks is fouled on his way to the basket by Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is fouled by Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks drives by Timberwolves Center Gorgui Dieng in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Jazz Enes Kanter scores over Timberwolves Center Gorgui Dieng in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Jazz guard Trey Burke steals the ball from Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love (42) shoots as Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Timberwolves won 121-104. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, left, battle with Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans (40) under the boards as Utah Jazz's Alec Burks, center, looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Timberwolves won 121-104. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love (42) is fouled by Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Timberwolves won 121-104. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Corey Brewer (13) shoots as Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (0) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Timberwolves won 121-104. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward slaps the ball in frustration with a call in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Jazz guard Trey Burke steals the ball from Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger in the first half of a game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz probably thought the miserable days of November were ancient history.

Not so.

In a game reminiscent of many it played during a miserable 1-14 start this season, Utah struggled in every way Saturday night and Minnesota gladly took advantage of the dreary performance.

Kevin Love finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists — the first triple-double of his career — and the Timberwolves rolled to an easy 121-104 victory at EnergySolutions Arena.

It was the Jazz’s third straight loss since the All-Star break, but it was easily their worst effort after two near-misses.

"It’s frustrating to lose," said coach Tyrone Corbin. "The way we lost tonight wasn’t pleasing at all. I thought we had some good minutes in the Brooklyn game and I thought we had some good minutes [Friday] night in Portland. But there wasn’t a lot of positives tonight and that’s the disheartening thing about it."

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Utah played well before the break, winning three in row.

According to Marvin Williams, the up-and-down nature of the Jazz’s play makes a Minnesota loss extra frustrating.

"We’ve been doing it all year," he said. " … Win two, lose two. Win three, lose three. But you’ve got to go to work every day. When we get on a winning streak, I think we do that. When we get on a losing streak, sometimes I don’t think we play as hard as we can."

Enes Kanter tied his career-high with 25 points to lead the Jazz, but it wasn’t nearly enough to offset their lack of defense.

Minnesota’s 121 points were the second-highest total by an opponent this season — the most since Dec. 6, when Atlanta dropped 130 on Utah.

"We just didn’t play a great game tonight," Corbin said. "We talked about some things before the game — taking away from of the things they’re really good at. … But give them credit. They played the better game."

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