Re: Season of the tank!-2013-14 regular season
they know they are not the worst Jazz squad since the franchise moved to Utah. That distinction still belongs to Adrian Dantley, Ron Boone and the 1979-80 Jazz, the first in the Utah era, a team that won just 24 games. With Wednesday’s win over Minnesota, this iteration of the Jazz finished with a 25-57 mark, narrowly avoiding a place in that historical footnote.
The Jazz’s last win was not easily acquired.
Utah led by as much as 19 in the first half before squandering the advantage. Early in the third quarter, Minnesota’s Kevin Martin hit a corner-3 to overtake the Jazz at 56-55.
In the fourth quarter, the Jazz again owned a double-digit lead.
But Martin, who finished with a game-high 36 points, helped lead another comeback.
In the second extra period, the Jazz finally took control, ensuring the Wolves finished with a losing record (40-42).
Minnesota’s Kevin Love had 19 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Utah forward Derrick Favors was one of three Jazz men with a double-double, finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Jazz center Enes Kanter was kept out of the game because of soreness in his knee. Forward Marvin Williams also missed the season finale due to a knee injury. In their stead, a trio of backup big men took advantage of some extra minutes. Forward Jeremy Evans got the nod in the starting lineup and delivered with 18 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Rookie center Rudy Gobert eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in 14 minutes. And little-used forward Malcolm Thomas had nine points and four rebounds in an expanded role.