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Associated Press, Published April 12 2013

Jefferson ties career high with 40 to lift Jazz over Wolves

SALT LAKE CITY – Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, including a clutch jumper with 39 seconds left, to power the Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 on Friday night.

Jefferson scored 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting in the third to turn a seven-point deficit into an 82-81 lead entering the fourth.

After Ricky Rubio’s back-to-back 3-pointers gave Minnesota a 98-97 lead with 3:52 left, Jefferson followed with an 8-footer. His 14-footer as the shock clock expired gave Utah a 101-98 lead with 39 seconds remaining.

J.J. Barea scored a season-high 23 points off the bench for Minnesota (29-50).

Minnesota 22 32 27 19 – 100

Utah 30 23 29 25 – 107

MINNESOTA (100): Kirilenko 3-6 2-2 8, D.Williams 4-9 2-2 11, Stiemsma 4-9 2-2 10, Rubio 4-7 3-3 13, Ridnour 4-7 2-2 10, Barea 6-14 9-10 23, Budinger 5-11 0-0 12, Shved 1-5 0-0 3, Cunningham 4-9 0-0 8, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-78 20-21 100.

UTAH (107): Hayward 1-5 2-2 5, Millsap 5-7 0-2 10, Jefferson 19-27 2-2 40, M. Williams 5-12 6-6 16, Foye 5-8 1-1 16, Favors 2-6 2-2 6, Burks 3-4 0-0 7, Ma.Williams 1-2 2-2 4, Tinsley 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 42-72 15-17 107.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 8-22 (Rubio 2-3, Budinger 2-5, Barea 2-6, D.Williams 1-2, Shved 1-3, Ridnour 0-1, Kirilenko 0-1, Cunningham 0-1), Utah 8-13 (Foye 5-7, Burks 1-1, Tinsley 1-1, Hayward 1-2, M. Williams 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 35 (Stiemsma 7), Utah 40 (Jefferson 13). Assists: Minnesota 21 (Shved 5), Utah 23 (Jefferson 6). Total Fouls: Minnesota 18, Utah 19. Technicals: Minnesota defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls: Favors. A: 19,609 (19,911).