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3 keys in the Utah Jazz's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz powered ahead in the second quarter and answered every late challenge in beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 at Vivint Arena on Friday night.

Turning point: After Minnesota cut its deficit to 94-92 midway through the fourth quarter, the Jazz went on an 11-2 run to create some separation. That included four Ricky Rubio free throws — two coming off a Jeff Teague Flagrant 2 foul — a 3-pointer from Jae Crowder and a pair of buckets from Donovan Mitchell.

The hero: Rudy Gobert paced the Jazz with 26 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked, while Mitchell added 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting.

3 keys

  • Utah outrebounded Minnesota 45-27 and had a 19-0 edge in second-chance points.
  • The Jazz outshot the T'Wolves 55 percent to 41.2 percent in the second quarter. In the period, Utah outscored Minnesota 33-21, including a 20-6 run to end the first half.
  • The Jazz had 21 assists to 14 for the Timberwolves.

Jazz almanac: 32-30, Won 1 Playoff picture: 10th place, two games back of Denver in 8th

Next 3

Saturday at Sacramento (19-43), 8 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet RM)

Monday vs. Orlando (19-43), 7 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet RM)

Wednesday at Indiana (35-27), 5 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet RM)