There were two teams that needed this win the most: Minnesota and Utah. The Jazz pulled away with a 121-97 win and the Timberwolves now trail Utah by .5 for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Ricky Rubio got some revenge tonight and hot shooting Jazz made 60.5 percent of their shots and move to 31-7 on the year when they hold opponents to under 100 big ones.
— This is a mini positive but rookie and 2017 first-round (16th) NBA Draft pick Justin Patton made his debut. It wasn’t anything to pop eyes out over as he played four minutes and scored two points and recorded one steal.
— The Timberwolves didn’t get to the line often — just 14 times but made 13 of them. Free throw shooting will be important as we inch closer to the playoffs.
— Andrew Wiggins didn’t play terrible despite his -7 +/- as he finished with 23 points on 10 of 22 shooting. He made some good shots and took some bad ones but it’s nice to see him get his touch back as Jimmy Butler has been absent.
— Karl-Anthony Towns finished three rebounds for short of a double-double for just the 14th time this season. He scored 20 points in 36 minutes and had two assists and three turnovers.
— It’s never good when nine of 11 players that played finished with negative +/- as almost the opposite happened to the Jazz.
— The Timberwolves were outscored 67-50 in the second and fourth quarters.
— Minnesota allowed former guard Ricky Rubio to show them up on its home court. Rubio couldn’t seem to miss a basket as he scored 23 points on a season-high five 3-pointers. Where was that in Minnesota? No where is the short answer.