MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carlos Arroyo always knew he could score, even when he averaged a minuscule 2.8 points and 6.5 minutes last season.
That's what happens when you're the third point guard on a team
with John Stockton and Mark Jackson.
Arroyo, finally getting a chance, scored a career-high 30 points to lead Utah to its first road win this season, 85-77 Friday night over the sluggish Minnesota Timberwolves.
"I've been given an opportunity to get minutes and I have to
take advantage of it," Arroyo said. "I'm trying to be really
aggressive pushing the ball up the court."
And through the net.
Arroyo's previous high was 18 points in Utah's season opener
against Portland. He tied that mark by halftime with a mix of
short- and medium-range jumpers and a few nice drives to the
"Carlos is going to have a very good future for the Jazz,"
Andrei Kirilenko said. "He will be a big force for us. He
penetrates, he's very aggressive. He had a great game tonight."
The point guard from Puerto Rico, who also has played for
Toronto and Denver, was 8-for-9 from the foul line with four
assists and three steals. With Stockton and Jackson gone, Arroyo is
settling into the spot of floor leader for the Jazz.
A summer spent leading the Puerto Rican national team to a
bronze medal in an Olympic qualifying tournament also helped
develop his game.
"I felt every shot was going in for me," he said Friday. "I
was open a lot and didn't force any shots, and just tried to help
Matt Harpring had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who
were winless in their four previous road games. Andrei Kirilenko
added 11 points.
Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 23 points and 14 rebounds, but
the Wolves never overcame their slow start and finished 29-for-74
from the floor. Fred Hoiberg had 14 points for the Wolves; Sam
Cassell added 11.
The Wolves, who fell to 5-5, committed 20 turnovers leading to
25 Utah points. It's been a rough start for the new-look
Timberwolves, who are still missing guards Wally Szczerbiak (foot)
and Troy Hudson (ankle).
"We're trying to figure it out now," Garnett said. "We just
didn't get into a flow."
Utah led by as many as 21 points and never trailed.
The Wolves pulled within eight on Latrell Sprewell's two free
throws with 4:47 to play in the fourth quarter and had a chance to
cut the lead further, but Garnett and Sprewell missed several tips
on Minnesota's next trip down the floor.
Kirilenko hit a corner jumper with 3:24 left to give Utah a
78-68 lead, and Hoiberg missed a 3 on the ensuing possession. Matt
Harpring converted a three-point play to send the crowd to the
exits. Those who remained booed the Wolves at the end.
A night after eking out a 92-89 overtime win at Chicago, the
Wolves looked winded early. Minnesota shot 14-for-38 in the first
half -- Garnett went 4-for-12 -- and was sloppy with the ball.
Sprewell, who had a season-high 27 points against the Bulls,
scored only six against Utah.
"The mood of the team is down," Sprewell said. "I told the
guys, if we didn't take care of business tonight, the win last
night really didn't mean much. That's just the way it feels. ... We
just didn't play well."
Arroyo had 18 first-half points on 7-of-9 shooting. He keyed a
10-0 spurt that gave the Jazz a 45-24 lead with 3:26 to go in the
Utah C Greg Ostertag played only one minute in the first
quarter after banging his hip. But he returned in the second
quarter. ... Minnesota's 18 second-quarter points were a season
low. ... Minnesota gets a rare three days off before its next game
Tuesday against Denver. It's their longest rest until the All-Star