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Ice-cold shooting doomed the Timberwolves in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Jazz outscored Minnesota, 53-39, in the second half of Wednesday night's game en route to a 106-84 victory over the Timberwolves. The loss drops Minnesota (14-14) to just 5-10 on the road this season. Utah (16-17) improved to 10-4 at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Timberwolves shot just 34.5 percent from the field, and a putrid 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from behind the three-point arc. Minnesota was led by a 13-point, 10-rebound performance from Kevin Love. Alexey Shved also scored 13, adding three rebounds and two assists. Andrei Kirilenko, playing for the first time against the franchise where he spent the last decade, scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards. Point guard Ricky Rubio did not make the West Coast trip, and will return to action when the team returns Saturday.
Utah was led by Gordon Hayward, who came off the bench to score 17 points. Center Enes Kanter scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just 20 minutes of action. Point guard Jamaal Tinsley had 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Paul Milsap had 14 points for the Jazz.
Minnesota finishes their three-game West Coast swing Thursday night at Denver. Utah plays at Phoenix on Friday night.