Utah Jazz lead Minnesota Timberwolves 53-47 at halftime

Published: Thursday, March 15 2012 8:20 p.m. MDT

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman reacts after a foul call on his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley)

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz are halfway to avenging that disappointing defeat they suffered just before the All-Star break.

Utah got 10 points apiece from Paul Millsap and Devin Harris and eight more off the bench from Gordon Hayward to take a 53-47 lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Millsap and Al Jefferson also had 13 rebounds between them, and Harris scored all 10 of his first-half points in the second quarter.

The last time these two teams met on Feb. 22 at Minneapolis, the Jazz squandered a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and dropped a devastating 100-98 decision to the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love led the T-wolves with 11 points and six rebounds, and Luke Ridnour, whose last-gasp shot in the lane beat the Jazz in their Feb. 22 matchup, had 10 points and five assists at intermission.

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