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Wolves Blow Double-Digit Lead for 22nd Time This Season in Loss to Jazz

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau shouts during the first half in an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Photo: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau shouts during the first half in an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

April 07, 2017 11:12 PM

Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 39 points and the Utah Jazz rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113 on Friday night.

Hayward and Joe Johnson powered a 40-point third quarter in which the Jazz came from behind and took the lead for good with a 16-7 run. Hayward scored 30 in his second consecutive game and Johnson threw in 22 off the bench. The pair combined to shoot 8 for 10 from behind the arc.

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Every time Minnesota got close in the final minutes, Hayward hit a jumper to extend the lead.

The defensive-minded Jazz shot 60 percent from the field as they were forced to outscore the Timberwolves with the defense lacking.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 32 points and 13 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 26 points. Andrew Wiggins finished with 25.

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