SALT LAKE CITY - Last time they met on the court, massive Jazz forward Derrick Favors got tangled up with diminutive Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea and the collision resulted in a flagrant foul.
Tonight, they're sure to cross paths again.
Just how physical it gets remains to be seen.
Favors said he expects the intensity exhibited during Utah's 107-100 victory Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena will carry over to tonight's rematch in Minneapolis.
"It probably will," he said. "But we'll be ready for it."
Favors' flagrant was called with 4:49 remaining last Saturday. Seconds after Minnesota captured a defensive rebound, Favors turned and began heading toward the other end of the floor. However, when Barea got in his way, Favors attempted to extricate himself by extending his forearm.
Barea went tumbling and after Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma ran at Favors, referees intervened, reviewed the play and upheld a flagrant-2 foul call.
"I don't think (Favors) did it on purpose," Barea said. "It happens sometimes in basketball. They called it and it was two free throws for us, so it helped us get back in it."
Barea, Minnesota's primary backup point guard, is listed as 6-feet tall on the roster. But he seems even smaller than that when he's flashing around bigger players like Favors, 6-10, 263 pounds.
In fact, Barea did an excellent job of making a pest of himself throughout most of the game, annoying the Jazz with aggressive his aggressive play on both ends of the floor.
He scored Minnesota's first 12 points of the second quarter and finished the game with a team-high 23 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
Moments before getting steamrolled by Favors, Barea's pesky, gnat-like play elicited a few visible signs of frustration from the Jazz.
"One thing about J.J., he's a little guy but he's not going to let anybody run over him," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "But as far as Derrick Favors, I've never seen an elephant swat at a horsefly. That's the way I look at it."
Following Favors' flagrant foul, the T-Wolves went on an 8-0 run and briefly took a 98-97 lead with 3:52 remaining.
But Jefferson came back with a pair of baskets, giving him 40 points for the game and propelling the Jazz to a 101-98 lead.
Point guard Mo Williams hit six consecutive foul shots to close the game for Utah (42-38).
When the Jazz and T-Wolves (29-50) meet again tonight, Utah will have plenty on the line.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated San Antonio Sunday night to take a 11/2 game lead for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers staged a dramatic rally in the fourth quarter for a win in their first game since losing Kobe Bryant for the season, beating the San Antonio Spurs 91-86 Sunday night to stay in position for a playoff berth.
Steve Blake scored 23 points for the Lakers (44-37), who lead Utah (42-38) by 11/2 games for the eighth postseason spot in the Western Conference after their seventh win in eight games.
The Jazz have two games left to play in the regular season: tonight vs. the T-Wolves and Wednesday at Memphis.
L.A. plays host to Houston on Wednesday.
After beating Golden State on Friday, the Lakers lost All-Star guard Kobe Bryant to a ruptured Achilles. He is out the remainder of the 2012-13 season.