Timberwolves vs. Jazz final score: Utah keeps pace in playoff race with 107-100 win

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The Utah Jazz moved within a half game of the Lakers for eighth in the West with a win Friday.

The Utah Jazz moved within a half game of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 107-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday. The Lakers are in action Friday against the Golden State Warriors, needing a win to avoid falling into a tie with the Jazz. Utah holds the tie-breaker.

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Al Jefferson dominated Minnesota with 40 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Randy Foye and Mo Williams scored 16 points each, and Paul Millsap scored 10 for the Jazz, who shot 58 percent for the game.

J.J. Barea led the Timberwolves with 23 points off the bench. Ricky Rubio scored 13 points.

The Jazz built a big early lead, but Minnesota bounced back with a strong second quarter to take a one-point lead into halftime. Rubio got the Jazz to within three with 14 seconds left, but Utah was able to hold on.

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