NBA Game Summary - Utah at Minnesota
(Tuesday, February 26th)
Final Score: Minnesota 111, Utah 100
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson poured in 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, leading a balanced Minnesota offense that featured four scorers with more than 20 points, as the Timberwolves topped the Jazz, 111-100, at Target Center.
Rashad McCants also tallied 22 points for the T'Wolves, who snapped a two-game skid and had dropped seven of eight before the triumph over Utah. Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes totaled 20 points apiece, and Gomes grabbed 11 boards to go with his scoring output. Sebastian Telfair provided 12 points and four assists.
Carlos Boozer paced Utah with 34 points while reeling in eight rebounds, and Deron Williams finished with 18 points and nine assists, but it was not enough for the Jazz to avoid erasing a two-game win streak. Utah also saw its three- game win streak against Minnesota come to an end.
Mehmet Okur managed 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Matt Harpring chipped in with 10 points for the Jazz, who dropped the first meeting of the season against the T'Wolves. The teams will tangle three more times in the campaign, with the next coming on March 5th in Utah.
"We just turned the ball over a tremendous number of times," explained Utah head coach Jerry Sloan. "To me, that's a sign that you're not really into the game when you have those things happen. But you've got to give them credit. They knocked us around; they had 16 steals on the ballgame."
Trailing by a point, Minnesota used a 13-2 burst to take control of the contest. McCants buried a running bank shot to cap the barrage, and the T'Wolves were on top, 86-76, with 7:36 to go.
Leading 88-80, the Wolves went on a 9-2 spurt to put the game away. McCants sparked the surge with a jumper, and he finished it by knocking down a layup, as Minnesota had a comfortable 97-82 cushion with just over four minutes remaining.
McCants nailed a fadeaway jumper with 24 seconds left in the first frame to give the Timberwolves a 27-25 edge moving into the second stanza.
The T'Wolves took a 52-47 advantage into the locker room.
Minnesota broke a deadlock when Foye drained a three-pointer at the 1:19 mark of the third period, earning the Wolves a slim 72-69 lead with the fourth quarter upcoming.
For the season, Utah fell to 36-21, while Minnesota climbed to 12-43...The T'Wolves concluded a five-game homestand with a 2-3 mark. Overall, they are 10-20 as the host...The Jazz slipped to 12-18 on the road...The Pistons visit Utah on Wednesday, where the Jazz will defend their 14-game home win streak, the longest such streak for the franchise since the 1995-96 campaign...Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko and center Jarron Collins did not play, as both suffered flu-like symptoms.
02/27 01:44:10 ET