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3 keys to the Utah Jazz’s 126-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

Rookies Walker Kessler and Ochai Agbaji had incredible nights for the Jazz.

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Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (wearing purple) shoots in front of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3)

Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) shoots in front of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Minneapolis.

Andy Clayton-King, Associated Press

The Utah Jazz improved to 23-24 on the season on Monday afternoon with a 126-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Once again the Jazz were without their best player in Lauri Markkanen, who was ruled out due to a hip contusion, but the Jazz got contributions from across the roster to hang on for a win in Minneapolis, led by 21 points from Jordan Clarkson.

Here are three keys to the Jazz’s victory:

  • Rookies Walker Kessler and Ochai Agbaji had incredible nights for the Jazz. Kessler finished with a career-high tying 20 points to go with a career-high 21 rebounds while also dishing out four assists and blocking two shots.

Agbaji had 17 points, going 6-of-8 from the field overall, including 3-of-4 from deep.

  • Rudy Gobert left the game in the first half and did not return because of a groin injury that has been nagging him for a few days. That gave the Jazz a better opportunity at the rim and on the boards. They outrebounded the Timberwolves 57-46.
  • The Jazz hit just a single 3-pointer in the second quarter despite taking 11 shots from beyond the arc in that period, but they rebounded from deep in the second half going 7-of-11 from 3-point range.