SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz endured a late-game challenge before emerging with a tight 106-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at Vivint Arena.
Here are three key takeaways as the Jazz (28-22) won for the 10th time in 12 games.
— Utah built as much as a 23-point lead in the third quarter, outscoring Minnesota 38-24 in the period, before the Timberwolves stormed back. Minnesota scored 15 of the first 17 points in the fourth and cut the Jazz lead to a single point with 1:05 to play on an Anthony Tolliver 3-pointer.
After misses from Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the T'Wolves had the chance to take the lead, but they also missed a pair of shots. Joe Ingles hit a pair of free throws to make it a 105-102 Jazz lead, then with Gobert on defense, Tolliver couldn't hit a tying 3 with three seconds to play.
Mitchell iced the game with a free throw with one second left to give Utah the four-point win after Minnesota outscored Utah 33-16 in the fourth.2 comments on this story
— Minnesota's Karl Anthony-Towns played just six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble and had just four points and three rebounds in the opening half as Utah took a 52-45 lead into halftime. Anthony-Towns finished the night with 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Mitchell, meanwhile, led Utah with 24 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, while Gobert had another double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds while adding four key blocked shots and two steals.
— The Jazz hit 13 3-pointers to eight for Minnesota in a game where the T'Wolves outshot Utah from the field 42.2 percent to 39.4.
Sunday, Jan. 27, at Minnesota (24-25), 5 p.m. MST
Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Portland (30-20), 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1, vs. Atlanta (15-32), 7 p.m.