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                   === Millsap and Jazz hold off T'Wolves ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (Sports Network) - Paul Millsap scored 21 points and grabbed
 eight  rebounds  and Al  Jefferson had  a double-double with  20 points and 11
 boards  as the  Utah Jazz  held off  a  furious late  rally to  take down  the
 Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-93, on Wednesday.
 
 DeMarre Carroll added 11 points and Enes Kanter donated 10, while both players
 shot  an  identical 5-of-9 from  the floor for the  Jazz, who won their second
 straight and avoided a fourth consecutive road loss.
 
 "It's  a  Great win for us  going into the  break," Utah coach Ty Corbin said.
 "The  guys toughed it  out after struggling for most of the game. I thought we
 hung in there and as a result, got a chance to win the ball game."
 
 Ricky  Rubio  was one rebound  away from a  triple-double with 18 points, nine
 boards  and  10 assists for the  Timberwolves, who were coming off their first
 road victory since Jan. 3 on Monday at Cleveland, en route to snapping a four-
 game losing streak. Derrick Williams had a monster night with 24 points and 16
 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic had 19 points with 13 boards.
 
 The  already  injury-ravaged Wolves were  once again without Andrei Kirilenko,
 who missed his fifth straight with a strained right quadriceps.
 
 As  the contest came  to a close, it looked like Utah would easily hold on for
 the victory with a 90-77 lead and 2:55 remaining, but the Wolves turned up the
 pressure late to make it a game.
 
 Minnesota  made  things interesting, as a  14-3 flurry brought the team within
 93-91 with 19.3 seconds to play.
 
 Randy  Foye  then helped  Utah escape with  the win, by  going 4-of-4 from the
 charity  stripe in the final 15 seconds -- although Rubio made two free throws
 as well in between -- and the Jazz survived the late rally.
 
 After  both teams  went toe-to-toe  in  the first  half, and  the game  stayed
 within one possession for the majority of the third, Jefferson's driving layup
 helped  the visitors close the quarter on a 10-4 run to take a 68-63 edge into
 the fourth.
 
 Kanter nailed a jumper to make it 72-63 just 50 seconds into the final stanza,
 before  Watson capped the 9-4 spurt to make it a 14-point advantage with 7 1/2
 minutes to play in the game.
 
 The Wolves led after a sloppy and poor first quarter, 17-10. Utah connected on
 just 5-of-20 field goal attempts compared to the Timberwolves' 7-of-22 effort.
 
 Utah  quickly turned  a 10-point deficit in  the second into a 26-22 lead with
 5:42 left in the half, as Millsap's jumper capped off a 16-2 flurry.
 
 "It's  a little tough on all of us," Williams said. "We're trying to work good
 together  on  the offensive and defensive  side, and we just couldn't close it
 out.  We just have  to play like we did in the last five minutes for the whole
 game.  Coach is always preaching about 48 minutes, but we can't just play like
 that in the last five or six."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 
 The  Jazz have won nine of 11 in the series, but came into the game losing its
 last  two trips in  Minnesota ... The Wolves have lost seven of eight at home,
 with  four of the defeats coming by six or fewer points ... Luke Ridnour added
 18  points  for Minnesota ...  Rubio shot just 3-of-13  from the floor ... The
 Timberwolves  shot a  mere 34.1 percent from the field (29-of-85) ... The Jazz
 outscored the home team 54-30 on points in the paint.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/14 00:00:15 ET