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Utah Jazz hold a two-point halftime edge over Minnesota Timberwolves, 54-52

Published: Saturday, Jan. 21 2012 8:13 p.m. MST

Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson (11) defends Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) as he drives the lane as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 in Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson (11) defends Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) as he drives the lane as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 in Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz hold a two-point edge over the Minnesota Timberwolves in what's been an entertaining and well-played first half Saturday night.

C.J. Miles scored 11 points and Paul Millsap had 10 for the Jazz, who went to the locker room with a 54-52 lead over the flashy Timberwolves.

Rookie Ricky Rubio — say that five times fast — hasn't disappointed in his first showing at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spanish playmaker totaled nine points and seven assists — many of the highlight variety — in the opening half.

Derrick Williams and Wesley Johnson scored a combined 21 points, while power forward standout Kevin Love has been limited to just seven points and six rebounds.

Earl Watson, of Utah, left, is fouled by Luke Ridnour, of Minnesota as the Minnesota Timberwolves face the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Earl Watson, of Utah, left, is fouled by Luke Ridnour, of Minnesota as the Minnesota Timberwolves face the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Minnesota (7-8) has won three games in a row, including a last-second victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

The Jazz (9-5) are looking to get back to their winning ways after falling to Dallas 94-91 on Thursday.

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