Minnesota 98, Utah 72

Date - Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #52 Scott Twardoski, #30 John Goble, #29 Mark Lindsay
Attendance - 17111

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Utah 14 9 22 27 72
Minnesota 23 28 28 19 98

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Utah 14-28 8-11 6-17 L1
Minnesota 19-21 12-8 7-13 W1


Timberwolves 98, Jazz 72:
Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Minnesota rode a dominant first half to an easy home win.

The Timberwolves held Utah to 8-for-39 shooting and just 23 points in the first half, an all-time low for a Minnesota opponent in the opening 24 minutes, in racing to a 28-point halftime lead and snapping a three-game slide. Kevin Love had a double-double by the break and finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Kevin Martin scored 20 points for the Timberwolves.

Alec Burks was the lone Utah player in double figures with 18 points. The Jazz finished with a 28.8 percent mark from the floor and were outscored in the paint by a 50-18 margin in losing for just the third time in the past 14 meetings.

Utah had an early one-point lead after a 3-pointer by Burks but Minnesota ended the first quarter on a 14-5 run and closed the second with a 22-4 flurry. Martin finished the surge with a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to cap a personal 16-point first half.

The Jazz found their footing in the second half but never mounted any kind of threat, pulling as close as 24 points early in the third quarter. The Timberwolves had a 60-42 rebounding advantage and a 19-4 advantage in fast-break points in recording its third win of more than 20 points this month.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Utah played its fifth straight without leading scorer SG Gordon Hayward, out with a hip flexor strain. ... The Jazz did best the Timberwolves in one category, making 23-of-29 from the line compared to 20-of-34 for the hosts. ... Minnesota PG Ricky Rubio contributed nine assists, eight rebounds and six points.

Top Game Performances

Utah   Minnesota
Alec Burks 18 Scoring Nikola Pekovic 27
Alec Burks 4 Assists Ricky Rubio 9
Jeremy Evans 10 Rebounds Nikola Pekovic 14
Alec Burks 9 Free Throws Made Kevin Love 6
Jeremy Evans 2 Steals Kevin Love 3
Rudy Gobert 2 Blocks Gorgui Dieng 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Utah 72 28.8 7-25 23-29 12 42 9 10 16
Minnesota 98 43.4 6-17 20-34 25 60 4 10 15

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Utah. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .278 after a win and .636 after a loss.
  • Utah will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Jazz have a W/L % of .214 after a win and .393 after a loss.
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