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(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Utah 136, Minnesota 130 (2-OT)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Trey Burke tallied 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, helping the Utah Jazz to a 136-130 double- overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the regular season finales for both teams.
Gordon Hayward totaled 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and Derrick Favors had 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who snapped a five- game skid. Jeremy Evans added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Alec Burks and Richard Jefferson contributed 11 points apiece.
"To finish with a win, it's good for us as a team," said Heyward. "Regardless of the circumstances and regardless of the record, it's just better to go out with a win. We battled tonight and won the game."
Kevin Martin had a game-high 36 points and Kevin Love put up 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the T'Wolves (40-42), who lost five of seven to end the season. Ricky Rubio netted 14 and dished six helpers in defeat.
"I'm just disappointed," said Wolves head coach Rick Adelman. "Disappointed in this game."
After trading baskets with the score 125-122, Burke took over in the second overtime, scoring nine of the last 10 points for the Jazz, which was countered by eight point from Minnesota.
The Jazz led by five, 115-110, with 3:15 left in the first overtime before a 9-2 burst from the T'Wolves made the score 119-117 with a minute left, however, a Favors putback sent the game to the second extra frame.
Utah led by 14 points, 87-73, just over a minute into the fourth before an 11-2 burst by Minnesota cut the margin to five points. The Jazz pushed their lead to 100-90 with 4:47 left on the clock. The T'Wolves, however, closed out regulation with a 17-7 swing to force overtime.
Earlier, the Jazz led 31-17 after a quarter of play, but Minnesota outscored them 31-20 in the second to trim the gap to 51-48 going into the break.
The game was knotted at 59-59 four minutes into the third period before the Jazz scored 10 straight over the next three minutes. Utah maintained a lead of at least seven the rest of the frame and led, 80-70, heading into the fourth.
The Jazz are now 69-35 all-time against Minnesota and 40-13 when playing in Utah ... Minnesota fell to 4-29 on the season when trailing after three quarters ... Dante Cunningham and Ronny Turiaf scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Alexey Shved and Corey Brewer added 11 points apiece for Minnesota.
04/17 00:39:46 ET
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