C.J. Miles scores 40 points as the Jazz routs Timberwolves
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For the second straight game the Minnesota Timberwolves were run out of the gym while displaying the type of effort level on defense that indicates their apathy level has reached that of the fans' with 12 games to go in another lost season.
The Wolves gave up 71 first-half points to the Utah Jazz en route to a 119-104 loss Wednesday night.
The 71 points the Jazz put up in the first-half isn't even a season-high for the Wolves. That distinction goes to the Orlando Magic who put up 78 back in November.
This is the same Jazz team the Wolves handily beat at home 122-101 less than a week ago for their second consecutive win.
The Wolves actually held a two point lead late in the second-quarter before the Jazz turned in a 47-24 run to take a 71-40 lead at halftime.
Give the Wolves credit though; they did cut the lead to 12 in the fourth quarter before giving up a fast break off a jump ball for an easy lay-up. Then, on the ensuing possession, Jonny Flynn tossed up an ill-advised airball before getting a technical foul. Any chance of a Wolves' comeback then left the court, along with Flynn's mouth guard which he angrily threw into the crowd out of frustration.
And make no mistake; this wasn't legendary coach Jerry Sloan and All-Star Deron Williams beating the Wolves. It was interim coach Tyrone Corbin and 2005 second-round pick C.J. Miles beating the Wolves.
Miles led all scorers with a career-high 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc in just his seventh start of the season.
Al Jefferson rebounded from a sluggish nine point performance last week at Target Center. Big Al finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and was instrumental in building the second-quarter lead that the Jazz never relinquished.
Miles, Jefferson and the rest of the Jazz starters combined for 106 of the Jazz's 119 points
Andrei Kirilenko put in 15 Devin Harris 12 and rookie Derrick Favors scored 13 to round out the starting five.
Ridnour continued to outplay Flynn despite not practicing while being away from the team. He scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and dished three assists in 32 minutes.
Flynn, on the other hand, scored six points in 2-of-7 shooting and was on the floor for a large part of the second-quarter Jazz run that essentially ended the game. Flynn played 15 minutes and did not return after his technical foul.
Kevin Love put up a double-double after having his 53-consecutive game streak snapped Monday night against Golden State. He finished with a team-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Michael Beasley added 16 of his own on 7-of-16 shooting but needs to put up bigger numbers and play a bigger role if he is to be a key piece to the puzzle going forward.
So after two consecutive home wins, the Wolves have laid their second consecutive egg on the road with a Friday night date with the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
From there they come home for a showdown with the Sacramento Kings that could very well determine who finishes dead-last in the Western Conference and have improved Draft Lottery odds.
Hopefully the Wolves won't resort to having backup center Nikola Pekovic cast up three-pointers.