Jazz rout TWolves to stay in playoff hunt

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Posted at Apr 16 2013 01:37 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2013 09:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds and the visiting Utah Jazz kept their playoff hopes alive with a 96-80 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mo Williams added 15 points and seven assists for Utah, which needed to win against the Timberwolves to keep in step with the idle Los Angeles Lakers.

Randy Foye added 14 points for the Jazz, who beat Minnesota for the fourth consecutive time this season.

Derrick Williams scored 18 points, Dante Cunningham had 12 and JJ Barea scored 11 points for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 30-51 this season.

The race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference will be up for grabs on Wednesday night, as the Jazz and the Lakers go against separate opponents in their final regular season assignments.

“It comes down to one game now,” Jefferson said. “It’s a big game. The only thing we can worry about is what we can control, going out there and trying to take care of the game, and trying to win.”

“Just leave the rest up to the Lakers, I guess,” he added.

The Lakers, playing without injured superstar Kobe Bryant, will host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. The Jazz, meanwhile, will travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies.

Los Angeles currently holds a one-game advantage over Utah in the Western Conference standings.

If the Jazz lose or the Lakers win, the Lakers will earn the eighth spot. But if the Jazz win and the Lakers lose, Utah will advance as they hold the tiebreaker over the Lakers. MANILA, Philippines – Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds and the visiting Utah Jazz kept their playoff hopes alive with a 96-80 rout of the  Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mo Williams added 15 points and seven assists for Utah, which needed to win against the Timberwolves to keep in step with the idle Los Angeles Lakers.

Randy Foye added 14 points for the Jazz, who beat Minnesota for the fourth consecutive time this season.

Derrick Williams scored 18 points, Dante Cunningham had 12 and JJ Barea scored 11 points for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 30-51 this season. 

The race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference will be up for grabs on Wednesday night, as the Jazz and the Lakers go against separate opponents in their final regular season assignments.

“It comes down to one game now,” Jefferson said. “It’s a big game. The only thing we can worry about is what we can control, going out there and trying to take care of the game, and trying to win.”

“Just leave the rest up to the Lakers, I guess,” he added. 

The Lakers, playing without injured superstar Kobe Bryant, will host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. The Jazz, meanwhile, will travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies.

Los Angeles currently holds a one-game advantage over Utah in the Western Conference standings.

If the Jazz lose or the Lakers win, the Lakers will earn the eighth spot. But if the Jazz win and the Lakers lose, Utah will advance as they hold the tiebreaker over the Lakers. – With a report from Reuters