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Utah Jazz end shocking campaign with overtime win

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Utah Jazz are one of many teams this season who will be looking to move on from this campaign quickly but with their final game of the year against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyrone Corbin's men secured a surprise victory.

Having lost five games on the bounce, Jazz took the Timberwolves to a double overtime game to win the match 136-130 at the Target Centre.

In the first quarter Jazz cruised to a 31-17 lead with Derrick Favors scoring eight points for the visitors; hitting four out of his five attempted field goals, while Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward recorded eight assists between each other.

The Timberwolves needed a response if they wanted to stay in this game, and the players gave one as Minnesota won the quarter 31-20; Ronnie Turiaf scoring eight points for the home side, while Ricky Rubio put six on the board.

Trey Burke scored eight for the visitors, which paid dividends going in at half-time as Jazz were leading 51-48 at the break.

After the interval Corbin's men continued their scoring hitting 29 points past the Timberwolves to their 22. Jeremy Evans collecting eight while Burke hit seven and grabbed four assists.

Rick Adelman's side were struggling to find points as Kevin Love played the whole quarter but couldn't convert, while Corey Brewer hit the Jazz for eight.

As the fourth was looming, Minnesota knew they had it all to do, but the fans got the response they were looking for through shooting guard Kevin Martin who scored 14 points in five minutes to win the fourth 37-27 and bring the game to overtime.

After the first overtime both teams were still tied with Alec Burke and Gordon Hayward both scoring four points for the visitors, as in the last second Jeremy Evans levelled the game at 12-12.

This forced a second overtime between the two sides and Jazz found another gear, going on to win the second interval 17-11; Burke scoring nine points and hitting six out of six on his free-throws.

Burke commented after the game, stating to ESPN that it is their job to play until the final buzzer.

"Obviously, it doesn't mean much, but it's our job. Like our coach Tyrone Corbin said, "Every time you step on the court, you represent yourself and you want to put on a good show. I think we did that."

Jazz recorded their 25th win of the season, as the team have dropped drastically from the last campaign; having sat ninth last year finishing just outside the play-offs, winning 43 games.

Minnesota meanwhile have had a poor end to a season, as well as just missing out on the play-offs, Rick Adelman's went on to lose the last three games of the season. They may now find it hard to keep the services of Kevin Love come the start of the new campaign.

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