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Wolves fall flat in home finale

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In a season filled with injury and disappointment, the Wolves closed out their final home game of the regular season losing to Utah 96-80.

"Well I'm just disappointed," said head coach Rick Adelman. "I don't think we came ready to play tonight. We kept cutting it, getting it to two, but they eventually just opened it up. We just didn't have the energy we needed to have."

Former Wolf Al Jefferson scored 22 points to lead all scorers and keep the Jazz playoff hopes alive. Randy Foy also returned to Minnesota and scored 14 points off the bench in the win.

The Wolves were led in scoring by Derrick Williams who despite constant trade rumors involving his name continued to improve as the season went along. Ricky Rubio shot just two-for-nine and scored just six points in the loss.

"I just want to win every game, every single game," said Rubio "Especially at the end of the season when the other team is fighting for the playoffs and you're not but you have to show that you want to win every game."

With the loss, the Wolves finished with a home record of 20-21, but won 30 games in a season for the first time since Kevin Garnett called the Target Center home.

"It means something, but you have to go out and try to accomplish it," said Adelman on trying to attain a winning record at home. "I don't know if it seems like it should, but you're going to have games like this and you can only talk so many times about it. I don't know what it was tonight. We talked about trying to get the winning record at home, talked about trying to finish off strong, but talk doesn't do any good. You have to do it. You've got to have the actions to do it, and we just didn't do it tonight."

The Wolves played without center Nikola Pekovic who missed the game with a left calf contusion. All-Star forward Kevin Love was also a no-show on the bench despite being in the locker room prior to the game.

The team finished their season Wednesday night against San Antonio.

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