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04/16 22:17 CDT Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale
Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale
AP Basketball Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine
assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving
to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Minnesota
Timberwolves in the season finale Wednesday night.
Gordon Hayward had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Derrick Favors
added 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who would have tied the
worst record since the team relocated in 1979 with a loss. They also snapped a
five-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in their last 25 games.
Kevin Martin scored 36 points for the Timberwolves (40-42), who missed a chance
to finish with their first non-losing record since 2005. Kevin Love scored 19
points on 4-for-15 shooting in what could be Rick Adelman's last game as an NBA
The Jazz were cruising to the win with a 19-point lead in the first quarter and
a 13-point lead with 10 minutes to play. But Martin scored 14 of his points in
the last 5:35 of the game to bring the Wolves roaring back. His free throws
with 57 seconds to play tied the game at 107, but Love missed a step-back
jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.
Jeremy Evans had a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz and Burke
drilled a 3-pointer with one minute to play in double overtime for a 130-125
If this was Adelman's last game, it wasn't a memorable way for the eighth
winningest coach in league history to go out.
The Wolves allowed the Jazz to shoot 49 percent, missed 12 free throws and
Love, who also had 10 rebounds and nine assists, was 1 for 9 from 3-point range.
Adelman's contract has a mutual option for next season. The coach resisted
several opportunities before the game to reveal his plans, only saying he
planned to meet with owner Glen Taylor and President Flip Saunders, likely on
Thursday, to come to a conclusion. It is widely expected that Adelman will not
return, which could bring to an end an incredibly successful coaching career
that spanned 25 years.
"I've been doing this a long time and I will say this, every year it does get
harder," Adelman said. "The travel gets hard. You always evaluate it every year
as you go through. But you also understand you have a job that people would die
for and I've been lucky to have the job for over 20 years. I've got to really
look at it and evaluate and talk to everybody."
Things are just as murky for Tyrone Corbin in Utah. He completed his fourth
season on the bench and has presided over a massive rebuild that hasn't given
him much of a chance to pile up victories. The Jazz lost 21 of their last 25
games of the season and went into the finale worried more about ping pong balls
than anything else.
The Jazz certainly didn't play to lose on Wednesday night. They blazed out to a
31-17 lead against the Wolves after the first quarter, then led by 12 late in
the third period before hanging on for the win.
NOTES: Hayward finished the season as the second player in Jazz history to
average at least 16 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in a season, joining
Pete Maravich. ... Jazz C Enes Kanter sat out with right quadriceps tendinitis.
... Wolves G J.J. Barea missed the game with back spasms. ... Love crossed the
2,000-point threshold for the first time in his career with a pair of free
throws late in the second quarter. He became the first player in NBA history
with at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 3-pointers in one season.