Posted by: TACOREV on February 13th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz hang on for a win over a struggling Minnesota team (19-31, 12-13 home).
Millsap led the way with 21 & 8 and Jefferson had 20 & 11. Carroll scored 11, while Foye and Kanter each added 10. Burks played really well, posting 9/7/6.
Derrick Williams recorded 24 & 16 and Nikola Pekovic put in 19 & 13 for the T-Wolves, with Luke Ridnour contributing 18. Ricky Rubio finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, posting 18/10/9 plus four steals.
The Wolves got just 12 points from their bench, while the Jazz bench scored 43.
The start of this game was just pathetic (not that that should come as a surprise to anyone). The Jazz scored just 10 points in the opening quarter, trailing 17-10 at the end of one.
Good to hold on for the victory, but let’s be real here — this is a Minnesota team in shambles. They’re without Love (especially sad on the day before Valentine’s), who is their best player, and they’re also without AK, who… well let’s face it, he being injured is no shocker. All things considered, it probably should have been easier than it was… but then again, with this team’s road cred, we’ll have to take any W we can get.
We’ve now arrived at the All-Star break with the Jazz (30-24) holding down seventh place in the West, just behind Golden State (30-22).
After the All-Star festivities, we’ll pick it back up next Tuesday at ESA against those very Warriors — who have lost five straight — for the last contest before the trade deadline.
Jazz player of the game: Paul Millsap
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