Jazz rallies past Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS — The Utah Jazz rallied from a double-digit deficit to top the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-92 on Saturday.
Utah's George Hill had a team-high 19 points, while Rudy Gobert provided the eventual game-winning shot when he tipped in a miss with 27.5 seconds remaining.
Minnesota guard Zach LaVine had 24 points to lead the way for Minnesota, but his long jumper just before the buzzer bounced off the rim, resulting in another loss for the Timberwolves.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins contributed 16 points.
Hill returned to the lineup for the Jazz (23-16) after missing three games with a concussion. He scored Utah's first five points in the fourth quarter to cut Minnesota's lead to eight. He later hit a 3-pointer that made it an 84-78 Wolves advantage midway through the fourth.
Utah closed out the game on an 11-0 run, which finished with Gobert's tip-in. Derrick Favors had seven of those 11 points during that stretch, including a pair of free throws that tied the game at 92 with 52 seconds remaining.
Hill's 19 points came on 5-of-12 shooting. He was 7 for 7 at the free throw line and added seven assists.
The third quarter has been a thorn in Minnesota's side this season, but it was a different story Saturday. The Timberwolves (11-26) outscored the Jazz 32-22 in the third to take an 80-69 lead into the fourth quarter.
Minnesota went on a 12-2 run at one point in the third quarter, thanks in part to a pair of transition layups by LaVine. The Timberwolves guard had seven points in the quarter as Minnesota turned its one-point halftime lead into 11.
Towns registered his 27th double-double of the season. Only Houston's James Harden and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook have more double-doubles than Towns this season.
Towns had an emphatic putback dunk in the fourth quarter after Utah battled back to within six. Towns' one-handed flush elicited a yell from the second-year center and caused the Target Center fans to erupt as Minnesota took an 86-79 lead.
Utah responded at the other end with a Gordon Hayward basket, but LaVine hit a 3-pointer at the other end to help keep the Jazz at arm's length.
Gobert was tough in the paint defensively against Minnesota, but Gobert ran into foul trouble. He picked up his fifth foul with 7:03 remaining.