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The Jazz are a game back with a game to go in the race for the West's final playoff spot.
The Utah Jazz kept their playoff hopes alive Tuesday, taking control in a must-win game for a 96-80 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Jazz, who are 43-38, are one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers, and each team has one game to play. In the event of a tie, the Jazz would earn the Western Conference's No. 8 seed by virtue of winning two of their three match-ups this season against the Lakers.
Utah finishes its regular season Wednesday night on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Lakers host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in their last game of the regular season.
Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who took a 26-18 lead after the first quarter. Minnesota got to within two points at 43-41 with 2:49 until halftime, but the Jazz scored six straight points going into the locker room to lead 49-41 at the break.
Derrick Williams had 18 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves.
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