Flynn helps Minnesota to 110-108 win over Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Jonny Flynn drove for the go-ahead layup with 3 seconds left and the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz for the second time this season, 110-108 on Monday night.

Deron Williams had a season-high 38 points and added 13 assists for Utah, but his 3-pointer just before the final buzzer was off the mark and the Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak.

Of Minnesota's four wins this season, two have come against the Jazz.


Flynn, a rookie from Syracuse, finished with 28 points -- eight more than he had ever scored in an NBA game, while Corey Brewer tied his career high with 22 points.

Two days after beating the team with the best record in the NBA, the Jazz were taking on the worst of the Western Conference and did not play much defense from the start. The Jazz seemed content with trying to outscore the Timberwolves rather than slow them down and Utah got burned in the end.

The Jazz made just 21 of 37 free throws. Only Williams saved Utah's free throw percentage by going 14 of 18 from the line. Utah was outrebounded 48-36.

Al Jefferson added 23 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota and Kevin Love also had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 14 rebounds, but he fouled out on a crucial drive in the final minute as Utah's rally came up short.

After Jefferson put Minnesota up 107-106 on a 20-foot jumper with 1:13 left, Boozer was called for an offensive foul when he tried to drive on Brewer with 26.7 seconds to go. Williams quickly fouled Flynn, who went 1 of 2 from the line to put the Timberwolves back up 108-106 with 25 seconds left.

The Jazz got the rebound and called a timeout. Mehmet Okur was off on a 3-pointer, but Paul Millsap grabbed the rebound and kicked it back outside to Williams, who threaded a pass inside to Andrei Kirilenko for a dunk to tie it at 108 with 16.5 seconds left.

Minnesota called time out and after Flynn dribbled a few seconds off the clock, he drove around Williams and lofted a layup over Okur for the winner.

The Jazz called a timeout and went to Williams for the game-winner, but it clanged off the rim and nobody could get the rebound before the buzzer.

NOTES: Jazz F/G Kyle Korver made his season debut after missing the first 23 games because of knee surgery. ... Minnesota was without F Ryan Gomes (sprained left ankle). ... The Jazz were 11 of 24 from the line through the third period -- Williams had made 10 of 12. His teammates were 1 of 12.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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