The Jazz probably thought the miserable days of November were ancient history.
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."
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."Next Page »