SALT LAKE CITY — By halftime of the Utah Jazz’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at Vivint Arena, it appeared the Jazz might be able to pull away quickly once play resumed.

Utah only led by nine points, but had scored 64 through the first two quarters as the Timberwolves looked rather disinterested in playing defense. Additionally, the home team was dominating inside, as it had eight more points in the paint, seven more rebounds and three more blocks.

Over the first four minutes of the third quarter, however, Minnesota scored 15 points as the Jazz, who to be sure weren’t great defensively in the first half, became even worse on that end of the floor and then couldn’t get a bucket on offense.

With the score 71-70 in Utah’s favor at the 7:59 mark, head coach Quin Snyder called timeout, and suddenly the contest turned.

The Jazz scored the next eight points of the game and outscored the Timberwolves 20-11 through the rest of the quarter to bring a 10-point advantage into the final frame. Utah then dominated the final six minutes to ultimately cruise to a 120-100 victory.

“We talked about it in the timeout,” said forward Jae Crowder, who scored eight of his 18 points of the night during the third-quarter run. “We just needed to get some stops and get out and run, stop playing against their set defense as much as we were to that point. We just wanted to get some stops and get out and run and open the court up a little bit.”

In Snyder’s eyes, the run was about making it more difficult for Minnesota to get those easy transition buckets the Jazz were themselves looking for.

“We added a little juice, and then scoring on the other end, it helps where a team has …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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