SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz got sloppy against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, and they paid the price.
Depite a 30-point performance from Bojan Bogdanovic, the Jazz committed 20 turnovers and lost ot the T-Wolves, who own the second worst record in the NBA, 101-96.
The Jazz shot just 40 percent from the field in its fourth home loss of the season.
Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson were the only other Jazz players to get into double figures. Conley scored 18 points on 15 shots, while Clarkson struggled from the field hitting five of 16 attempts to finish with 15 points.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russel both pitched in 23 points in the win.
The Jazz turned the ball over 20 times, giving Minnesota 23 points off those turnovers.
The Timberwolves dominated the paint, outscoring Utah 56 to 26 in points in the paint.
“With 20 turnovers and 20 second chance points, if we’re going to give them 40% of their points off the offensive glass and our turnovers,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. “We’re going to make it hard on ourselves.”
Utah led big early, scoring 40 points in the first quarter and leading by as many as 17 in the first half. But the Jazz scored just 56 points the rest of the game.
Minnesota opened up the second half on a 20-7 run to give Minnesota a seven point lead in the third quarter taking control of the game.
The Jazz put up a fight down the stretch as they erased an 11-point deficit with a 12-0 run and took a 93-92 lead on Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 3:41 left. But Towns put the Timberwolves back ahead with a layup and Minnesota held Utah scoreless until the final seconds.
“We got the stops we needed but we just couldn’t score,” said Jazz center Rudy Gobert. “Sometimes it’s going to be nights like this.”
Utah and Minnesota will play again Monday April 26th, this time in Minnesota, as the Jazz search for their first win against the Timberwolves this year.