SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 11 of his 26 points in the final four minutes to help the Utah Jazz rally to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 on Tuesday night.
Trey Burke set a career-high with 26 points and Derrick Favors had 15 points. Before the game it was announced that starting guard Alec Burks would have shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.
Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-best 30 points, including a jumper to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-84 lead with 4:22 to play.
The Jazz then mounted their comeback run with Hayward’s 3-pointer and a steal-and-dunk sequence. Hayward capped the 11-0 run that gave the Jazz their first lead of the fourth quarter with another steal and layup with 1:38 remaining.
In the final three minutes, the Timberwolves scored just once — a Gorgui Deng layup — while committing three turnovers, missing two free throws and allowing the Jazz to score at will.
Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points but the Timberwolves have lost nine in a row — their worst skid since losing 11 consecutive games from March 30-April 17, 2012.
Meanwhile the Jazz have won six of eight games, extending their best stretch of the season.
Reserve point guard Mo Williams sparked a Timberwolves rally in the third quarter with three straight jumpers and then had a couple assists to start the fourth. Minnesota’s blazing 10-0 start in the final period gave the Wolves an 82-72 lead on Muhammad’s back-to-back 3-pointers.
But the Timberwolves, who have the worst record in the Western Conference, came up empty again when the Jazz increased the pressure and got the crowd into the game.
Timberwolves: The Wolves played without injured starters Ricky Rubio (ankle), Nikola Pekovic (foot and wrist) and Kevin Martin (wrist). . Minnesota has dropped nine straight on the road for the first time since Feb. 22-March 21, 2013. . Muhammad hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and turned to the Jazz bench and made ‘3 goggles’ with his hands around his eyes, drawing loud protests from Utah coach Quin Snyder.
Jazz: Enes Kanter grabbed 10 rebounds in his first 12 minutes of play and finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. … As Utah held onto a 95-94 lead, Burke was called for a charge but the call was changed to a blocking foul on Thaddeus Young after officials reviewed the play on video. . Utah’s largest lead of the game was the final score.
Timberwolves: Host Sacramento on Thursday.
Jazz: Host Atlanta on Friday.
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