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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Adelman trudged off the basketball court for maybe the final time in his professional life and he couldnt hide the disappointment. He was sure his Minnesota Timberwolves were going to respond in the season finale, finishing a year of unmet expectations on a high note against the lowly Utah Jazz. Instead, one of the most respected coaches of his generation watched his team deliver a lacklustre performance that in no way resembled the precise, sophisticated game Adelman has been known for over the last quarter century. Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. "Just disappointed," a crestfallen Adelman said. "I really thought we were going to win this game. I thought wed come out and play a lot harder, with more energy, and it didnt happen." Gordon Hayward had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Derrick Favours added 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who would have tied the worst record since the team relocated in 1979 with a loss. They also snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in their last 25 games. "Its way better than going out in defeat," Burke said. "Obviously, it doesnt mean much, but its our job. Like Coach (Tyrone) Corbin said, Every time you step on the court, you represent yourself and you want to put on a good showing. I think we did that." Kevin Martin scored 36 points for the Timberwolves (40-42), who missed a chance to finish with their first non-losing record since 2005. Kevin Love scored 19 points on 4-for-15 shooting in what could be Adelmans last game as an NBA coach. The Jazz were cruising with a 19-point lead in the first quarter and a 13-point lead with 10 minutes to play. But Martin scored 14 of his points in the last 5:35 of the game to bring the Wolves roaring back. His free throws with 57 seconds to play tied the game at 107, and Love missed a step-back jumper at the buzzer that would have won it. Jeremy Evans had a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz and Burke drilled a 3-pointer with one minute to play in double overtime for a 130-125 lead. The Wolves allowed the Jazz to shoot 49 per cent, missed 12 free throws, and Love, who also had 10 rebounds and nine assists, was 1 for 9 from 3-point range. "If this was coachs last hurrah, its very disappointing," Martin said. "When you dont show up the first three quarters, thats what happens." Adelmans contract has a mutual option for next season. The 67-year-old coach resisted several opportunities to reveal his plans, only saying he would meet with owner Glen Taylor and President Flip Saunders, likely on Thursday, to come to a conclusion. It is widely expected that Adelman will not return. "Ive been doing this a long time and I will say this, every year it does get harder," Adelman said. "The travel gets hard. You always evaluate it every year as you go through. But you also understand you have a job that people would die for and Ive been lucky to have the job for over 20 years. Ive got to really look at it and evaluate and talk to everybody." Things are just as murky for Corbin in Utah. He completed his fourth season on the bench and has presided over a massive rebuild that hasnt given him much of a chance to pile up victories. The Jazz lost 21 of their last 25 games of the season and their fans were worried more about Utahs lottery chances than anything else. A loss wouldve left the Jazz with the fourth-worst record in the league. But because they won and Boston lost, the Jazz are tied with the Celtics, which will bring a coin flip tie-breaker before the draft lottery is held to determine who will have the greater chance to move up. The Jazz certainly didnt play to lose on Wednesday night. "Its a positive note to go out on, we got a lot of room to grow though, and we got to make sure we understand what gave us a chance to win tonight, thats staying together, working hard together, making sure were focused on the attention to details," Corbin said. NOTES: Hayward finished the season as the second player in Jazz history to average at least 16 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in a season, joining Pete Maravich. ... Jazz C Enes Kanter sat out with right quadriceps tendinitis. ... Wolves G J.J. Barea missed the game with back spasms. ... Love crossed the 2,000-point threshold for the first time in his career with a pair of free throws late in the second quarter. He became the first player in NBA history with at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 3-pointers in one season. 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JOHNS, N.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning can orchestrate the offence from the sideline, too.The five-time MVP who has 139 TD throws since coming to Denver in 2012 lobbied for a pass and even suggested the particular play when backup Brock Osweiler got his first career touchdown toss.On third-and-goal from the 1 just after the 2-minute warning Sunday, Osweiler rolled right and threw a dart to tight end Virgil Green, capping a 47-14 rout of the Raiders.I know Brocks been waiting forever, offensive co-ordinator Adam Gase said. Every time he goes in, hes like, Were throwing it, right? Im like, No. I mean, you try to give him a little bit of hope. But it was good that Coach (John) Fox gave us the green light.And our starting quarterback was killing me that we werent going to throw it there on third-and-1, Gase added. He talked Fox into it and he knew what Virg could do. So, it was a good call by Peyton.Manning had been trying to get the fourth-year tight end his first score all season, and Osweiler has spent his first three years in the NFL going in for an occasional hand-off or kneel-down.So, it was good both of those guys got their first touchdowns at the same time, Manning said Wednesday. I dont know what they did with the ball. There was a big argument, a big discussion over that.Osweiler let Green keep the football, reasoning, he waited longer for it.Yeah, thats true, Manning said. Thats probably a good point.Reminded that Gase said he was giving him grief for considering calling another hand-off on third down, Manning responded: Well, I called it. Yeah, I gave it to him. I dont know about killing him, I was telling him what he should call. He did it. So, it worked out well.That Manning helped engineer the touchdown comes as no surprise.Hes long been called his own offensive co-ordinator because of his recall abilities, preparation and famous gyrations and audibles at the line of scrimmage.Truth be told — and his play call Sunday notwithstanding — Manning has long acquiesced to his coaches.Countering the popular notion that Manning needs no coaching is this fact: three of his former tutors are in the playoffs along with Gase, whos taken No.dddddddddddd 18 to another level post-spinal fusion surgery.Arizona coach Bruce Arians was his first QB coach when Manning arrived in the NFL in 1998. And Arians right-hand man, Tom Moore, who has guided the Cardinals through three quarterbacks this season, was Mannings offensive co-ordinator during his 13 seasons in Indianapolis.Lions coach Jim Caldwell was Mannings position coach the year Indy won the Super Bowl.Now, Gase has a good chance of getting his own head coaching gig. Hell interview in Denver this week with the Bears, 49ers and Falcons about their vacancies now that the players have been given a three-day furlough beginning Thursday.Its an exciting opportunity for him, certainly opportunities that he deserves, Manning said. But I know hes focused on helping us get ready for this playoff game no matter who were playing.The Broncos (12-4) will learn this weekend whether theyll face Pittsburgh, Cincinnati or Indianapolis in the divisional round Jan. 11 at Sports Authority Field.Manning is a huge fan of Gase, 36, who was courted by Cleveland last year before withdrawing his name from the Browns list in part to focus on the Broncos Super Bowl quest.Last year I talked to a couple of teams on behalf of him that reached out to me and that may happen again, so Im certainly glad to share my thoughts, Manning said. I think its pretty well-documented my thoughts on him. I dont think he needs me to stand up here and campaign for him. But Im excited hes going to have the opportunity that hes going to have this weekend. He deserves it and I think the teams that he talks to will be impressed.Notes: Manning and WR Demaryius Thomas sat out practice for the second straight day. ... 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