MINNEAPOLIS - Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz to a 97-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Jefferson helped the Jazz overcome a sluggish start against his former team to pick up a rare road win against a Western Conference opponent. The Jazz now have four wins in 17 road games in the West.
The Wolves trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter, but once again the team showed some grit.
"We came back with five minutes left and we played our tails off," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said.
Adelman followed that by saying something he has said time and time again.
"With the players we have hurt, we just don't have the margin-of-error. We have to play 48 minutes," Adelman said.
On the positive side, Derrick Williams had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who shot a season-low 34 percent.
Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Luke Ridnour scored 18 points for Minnesota, which lost for the 16th time in 19 games.
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