I'm going to be real here. I was really worried during the first quarter of this game where the Utah Jazz absolutely BLASTED the Minnesota Timberwolves on their own home court. The Jazz were causing deflections, not giving up offensive rebounds, running up and down the court, and dunking on the Wolves. It was great to watch, even if it wasn't what we wanted. A huge part of that was the simple fact that Minny was missing shots. They did not in the second, and what was once a 19 point lead became a paltry three point lead at the half.
At the half the Jazz were led by Derrick Favors (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block), Jeremy Evans (8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, countless dunks starting in place of the injured Enes Kanter), and Trey Burke (8 points, 4 assists). Gordon Hayward did his thing with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block. But we both know that right now Gordon needs 7 steals, he has all the points, rebounds, and assists needed for that elite group.
The Wolves really got back into it by getting to the line (20 FTA to 4 for the Jazz, at the half). Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, and Rony Turiaf all had 8 or more points. But, well, if you shoot 34.1 fg% like Minny did in the first, it's hard to be leading at the half.
The second half started like "blah" until the 9:04 mark when a K-Mart three gave the Wolves the lead. The Jazz took the lead back with a Jeremy Evans jumpers. Then he blocked a dunk attempt on the other end. And then after a score he fouls a guy on an And-1. The pace increases, which is the Wolves game plan. Until Rubio picked up his 4th foul at the 6:53 mark of the third. Alexei Shved came back into the game, and well, looked over matched. The Jazz juiced the lead back to 11 with 2:42 left in the quarter. The Jazz pushed the lead back up to 10 when Diante Garrett hit a buzzer beating three to end the quarter.
One quarter left in the season, and Orlando lost, and Boston looks like they will join them. There's no point to WIN this game except to prove some point, or pride, or D'Antoni-ing it. So what did the Jazz do up 10 on the road, with no real good reason to win the game? The Jazz scored on five of their first seven trips down the court . . . but well, that's what happens with this team. Min cut it to 5 with 6:55 left, which is good. But Favors went 2-2 from the line right after.
The lead was pushed to 9 again, with 5:50 left and Adelman had to call a time out. Seriously. A team had to call a time out against us. Aaannnd then we skip ahead to Overtime . . . (wait, what??)
. . . and then skip ahead to Double Overtime . . . (no, for reals?)
And then the Jazz won 136-130. There were lots of stats in this game.
But the season is over. Great job by the guys, and sorry Alec, I know you tried to win it (by losing it) in regulation, but we couldn't get it done. Fun stuff.