A matchup with one of the league's worst teams came at just the right time for the Memphis Grizzlies' sputtering offense.
Tuesday night's matchup with visiting Utah figures to be more challenging given the Jazz's defensive progress.
The Grizzlies had averaged 89.2 points on 40.7 percent shooting during a 2-3 stretch prior to shooting a season-best 59.4 percent in a 101-97 win at Minnesota on Saturday. The Timberwolves own the NBA's worst field-goal defense (48.7 percent).
Marc Gasol scored 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting after being held to 14 or fewer in five of six. Memphis tallied 52 points in the paint and its bench was 14 of 22.
"It's been a tough, long week," said Gasol, who has averaged 21.3 points in his last four against the Jazz. "We finished 3-2 for the week. I wish it was different, 4-1 or 5-0 would've been better of course, but that's the way it went, and on to the next week."
Memphis (42-16), which holds a 1 1/2-game edge over Houston for the Southwest Division lead and second place in the Western Conference, is 32-3 when scoring at least 97 points.
The Grizzlies have been turnover-prone recently, committing a season high-tying 24 versus Minnesota after being charged with 17 and 16 in losses to Sacramento and the Clippers. They had averaged 12.8 previously.
"Their hearts are in the right place, they're playing hard, but we're just making some mistakes," coach Dave Joerger said. "We've got to get better."
Mike Conley hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left but was 5 for 13 and is 11 of 38 over his last three. He has averaged 21.3 points on 53.2 percent shooting in his last three meetings with Utah, however.
Zach Randolph's impact was also minimal as he finished with seven points, though he has scored 22.7 per game in his last three home matchups with the Jazz.
The Jazz (23-35) have limited opponents to 85.9 points per game on 39.1 percent shooting while winning six of eight. In that stretch, they held Dallas, Portland and San Antonio - which all average at least 100.6 points - to 81.3 per game.
Utah forced 23 turnovers and restricted Milwaukee to 39.2 percent shooting in an 82-75 victory Saturday, its second straight.
Rudy Gobert has averaged 3.5 blocks during the team's 6-2 run, while undrafted rookie Elijah Millsap has 2.1 steals per game in that span.
"Our whole team is evolving (defensively)," coach Quin Snyder said. "It's no one guy. It becomes infectious. Guys start having pride in that. I think we're seeing some of that evolving."
Trey Burke had 23 points and six assists Saturday and has scored 19-plus in three of four.
The Jazz have failed to win three consecutive games this season despite winning two in a row five times previously. They were limited to 90.4 points per game in the games immediately following those winning streaks.
Memphis has won eight of 10 in the series but split two meetings earlier this season. Utah won 97-91 in Memphis on Dec. 22, while Gasol scored 23 in a 100-90 road victory on Feb. 4.