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The Jazz beat the wolves 96-93 in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won back-to-back games for the first time since February. Andrei Kirilenko lead the Jazz with an almost quadruple-double. Kirilenko finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks, 8 assist, and 2 steals. The last time a player had a quadruple double was in 1994 when David Robinson had one against the Pistons.

The Wolves began the game scorching hot, connecting on 7 of their first 9 shots. The two shots the Wolves misses were both blocked by Kirilenko.

The Jazz used a back court attack during the first quarter. Deron Williams had 11 in the quarter, and Milt Palacio added 9. Jarron Collins was the only other Jazz player to score in the quarter. The Jazz had a seven point lead late in the first quarter, before Kevin Garnett scored 4 points, and Ricky Davis added 3 to bring the wolves into a tie with the Jazz at 24, at the quarters end.

The Wolves continued the second quarter like they ended the first, Hot! The Wolves built up a quick 8 point lead before Matt Harpring’s jumper brought ended Utah’s scoring drought of nearly 4 minutes.

The Jazz slowly chipped into the Wolves lead before taking the lead with under 2 minutes left in the quarter. The Wolves however, quickly took it back and lead 48-46. With under 10 second left Matt Harpring hit a three point jumper to put the Jazz up one. But Utah’s lead was shorted lived, the Wolves added two free throws to take a 50-49 lead into the half.

The Jazz scored on their first possession, on a pair of Mehmet Okur free throw. The Jazz took a 6 point lead early in the quarter because, Minnesota failed to score in the first 5 minutes of the second half.

The Wolves finally scored on a Garnett lay-up. But the Jazz were able to maintain a 4 to 6 point lead through-out most the quarter. The Wolves did eventually did over come the Jazz lead late in the third, and took the lead with under a minute to go. But Deron Williams would hit three free throws, and the jazz would take a two point lead into the 4th.

The Jazz once again built up a 6 point lead in the fourth, but three point baskets by the Timberwolves never allowed the Jazz to build a larger lead.

The Jazz, behind Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko lead the Jazz in the fourth quarter. Williams was able to run the offense nearly flawless, and Kirilenko’s defense allowed the Jazz to hold onto the lead during crucial moments.

The Jazz lead by four with two minutes left, when Kirilenko made one of two free throws. Garnett came back with a jumper. The Jazz missed on their next attempted and the wolves got another easy basket by Garnett to cut the lead to one.

The Jazz however came back with a Carlos Boozer dunk, and another Kirilenko free throw.

Matt Harpring would add two more free throws to put the Jazz up by 5. Ricky Davis would hit a three to cut the Jazz lead to two. The Wolves would foul Williams, who made one of two free throws, but time expired and the Jazz got away with a 96-93 victory.

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    Bran Faurschou