MINNEAPOLIS (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz may have lost more than a game Friday night.
Not only could they not stop Jamal Crawford and the Minnesota Timberwolves, but starting guard Rodney Hood had to be carried off the court after reportedly suffering a calf strain in the fourth quarter.
"I just saw him fall down," head coach Quin Snyder said. "So it was too far away from me to make any assessment other than he fell down and obviously he hurt his leg."
Hood will be re-evaluated in Salt Lake City on Saturday. It is not known how long he will be out.
Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter, as the Timberwolves held off a late Jazz rally to win, 100-97.
Ricky Rubio returned to Minnesota, where he played the first six years of his NBA career, and scored 19 points while dishing out 10 assists in the loss.
"I have a lot of friends here, and I haven't seen them since I left," said Rubio. "It's good to see them back and feeling like this is my second home."
Crawford's biggest shot was a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds to go that helped the T-Wolves hold on. Derrick Favors missed a jumper that would have tied the game with nine seconds left, and Rudy Gobert's tip-in attempt was off.
Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and Karl Anthony-Towns added 20 points and 10 boards for the Timberwolves in their first victory of the season. The Wolves led by 10 with five minutes to go before Rubio rallied the Jazz. But Crawford buried a 3 from the corner, his third in the period from beyond the arc, to clinch the win.
"I've shot it so many times that I kind of knew," Crawford said. "I just looked at the net when I was on the ground."
Before going down with the injury midway through the fourth quarter, Hood scored 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Derrick Favors played his second straight strong game, scoring 16 points, while Rudy Gobert added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz.
Rubio received a standing ovation from the crowd upon introductions before the game. He badly outplayed Jeff Teague, the point guard Minnesota jettisoned Rubio for, scoring 10 straight points for the Jazz in the final three minutes, including a free throw that put them up 96-95 with 55.6 seconds to play.
"Ricky's kind of stoic and shows a lot of poise and calm, but it's burning inside him and if you're around him you can feel that," Snyder said. "I've seen that even before tonight."
Jimmy Butler hit a pair of free throws after Crawford's 3. Joe Johnson missed a desperation heave at the buzzer for the Jazz.
Joe Ingles made four of five three-point attempts and finished with 14 points. As a team, Utah shot 48.1% from the field, while holding Minnesota to 44.4% shooting.
The Jazz next host Oklahoma City Saturday night.
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