Gobert, Timberwolves Down Jazz In Return To Utah

Dec 9, 2022, 9:21 PM | Updated: 10:20 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves' Rudy Gobert (27) gets a rebound while playing the Utah Jazz (Credit: Ben B....
Minnesota Timberwolves' Rudy Gobert (27) gets a rebound while playing the Utah Jazz (Credit: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)
(Credit: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Rudy Gobert scored 22 points and grabbed 13 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed the Utah Jazz 118-108.

The Jazz were playing without Lauri Markkanen (illness), Collin Sexton (hamstring), and Simone Fontecchio (ankle), while the Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns for the fourth straight game.

With the loss, the Jazz fell to 15-13 on the season.

First Quarter

Malik Beasley got off to a quick start for the Jazz scoring eight points on 3-3 shooting starting alongside Jordan Clarkson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the backcourt.

Conley returned after a nine-game absence and scored two points while handing out one rebound off the bench.

Anthony Edwards had seven first quarter points to lead Minnesota.

After one the Jazz trailed the Timberwolves 28-24.

Second Quarter

Rudy Gobert made his impact felt recording 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half in his return to Utah.

Conley added seven points to this total in the second quarter and had nine at the break, Beasley continued to lead the Jazz with 11.

The Jazz outshot the Timberwolves from the three-point line knocking down 7-24, while Minnesota managed just three makes on 14 attempts. However, the Timberwolves made 16 first half free-throws to the Jazz five.

After two the Jazz trailed Minnesota 61-46.

Third Quarter

Jordan Clarkson scored nine quick third quarter points in an effort to shrink the Timberwolves half time lead.

With Anthony Edwards sidelined by foul trouble, the Jazz rallied and tied the game at 79 with two minutes left in the third.

The Timberwolves closed the quarter with a much needed three to wrestle momentum back from the Jazz.

After three the Jazz trailed the Timberwolves 82-79.

Fourth Quarter

The Jazz continued to threaten throughout the fourth quarter, but struggled to keep up with the shotmaking of D’Angelo Russell.

Russell scored 20 fourth quarter points which proved too much for the Jazz to overcome.

Malik Beasley scored 23 against his former team while Jordan Clarkson added 21.

The Jazz fell to the Timberwolves 118-108.

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