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Gobert, Jazz shut down Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS--Rudy Gobert scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, and the Utah Jazz's stifling defense held the Minnesota Timberwolves' young core in check in a 112-103 victory Monday night.

Nov 28, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a layup past Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a layup past Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS-Rudy Gobert scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, and the Utah Jazz's stifling defense held the Minnesota Timberwolves' young core in check in a 112-103 victory Monday night.

George Hill and Gordon Hayward each had 24 points for Utah. Hill added eight rebounds and four assists, and Trey Lyles scored 13 off the bench as the Jazz (10-8) won their third game in a row.

Zach LaVine finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Minnesota, which committed 15 turnovers. Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Minnesota (5-12) trailed by five points heading into the fourth quarter but tied the game on a driving dunk by Shabazz Muhammad. Muhammad scored eight of his 10 points in the period.

Tyus Jones hit a 3-pointer to pull the Timberwolves ahead momentarily at 83-82. However, Utah recovered for a 11-0 run to pull away and beat Minnesota for the fourth straight time.

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Gobert blocked three shots, and his length gave the Timberwolves fits on both ends. Gobert had six offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone.

Minnesota withstood Utah's league-best defense early, even as Gobert was forcing the Timberwolves to alter shots inside. Minnesota shot 10 of 20 and had just one turnover in the first for a 27-22 lead. The Timberwolves did so even with Towns limited to just five minutes in the quarter because of two early fouls.

Utah chipped away at the lead quickly in the second and the teams went back and forth until the Jazz finished the half on a 5-0 run and led 50-45 at the break.

NOTES: Utah's Boris Diaw started at power forward for the second straight game. F Derrick Favors missed his sixth consecutive game with a left knee bone contusion and didn't travel with the team. Diaw made his sixth start overall this season. The Jazz have used 10 different starting lineups this season, the second most in the NBA behind Dallas. ... Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Towns blocked a shot for the 24th consecutive game, tied for the second-longest streak in club history. Kevin Garnett had streaks of 26 and 24 games with a block in the 1996 season. ... Utah started play with the league's best defense, allowing the fewest points per game (92.8) and the lowest field goal percentage (42.3 percent). ... The Timberwolves had the best first-half offensive rating (116.2) and were second in first-half field-goal percentage (49.9) and 3-point accuracy (42.9 percent).

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