Jazz extend Wolves' losing streak to 11
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Utah Jazz kept pace in the Western Conference with a 122-100 victory over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Kyle Korver added a season-high 20 points on his 29th birthday to help the Jazz extend Minnesota's losing streak to 11.
Deron Williams finished with nine points and 11 assists before joining the other Utah starters on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.
The Jazz stayed within two games of Denver for the Northwest Division lead and Dallas for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with 14 games remaining.
Utah also salvaged a tie in the season series with the lowly Timberwolves, who won the first two meetings -- two of Minnesota's 14 wins.
Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer had 17 points apiece to lead Minnesota, which was outrebounded 20-12 in the second half.
Paul Millsap finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews added 10 points for Utah, which opened the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run and coasted the rest of the way.
The Jazz went 14 for 24 in the third quarter, stretching a nine-point halftime lead to 87-73 entering the fourth.
Matthews had a scare with an apparent ankle injury and needed help to the bench with about 9:38 left, but after a time out came back and made both foul shots, then plucked a pass out of the air and took it for a layup to put Utah back up 60-49 with 9:10 left in the third.
Williams got the fans back on their feet later in the period when he drove from outside the 3-point line and powered a one-handed dunk over Jefferson to put Utah up 68-60. Minnesota called time out and Williams' teammates on the Jazz bench were chuckling over what the 6-foot-3 Jazz guard did to the 6-10 Jefferson.