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The Utah Jazz is silenced and sent packing

The Utah Jazz won their final game of the regular season Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets, but that wasn’t enough to make up for a rough season.

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Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko carries a box of personal belongings as he leaves the team's locker room, April 14, 2011, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz did not qualify for the NBA playoffs, and the players cleaned out their lockers at the end of regular season.

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Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin talks to the media in the team's locker room on April 14, 2011 in Salt Lake City.

AP’s Lynn Debruin reports:
The Jazz players stayed on the floor after Wednesday's game to thank the fans for their support despite the woeful season, which saw Utah become the only team in NBA history to start 15-5 and 27-13 and not make the playoffs.

The Jazz finished 39-43, with Wednesday's win giving them a 21-20 home mark. It is the first time in six years that they won't be in the playoffs, but the sudden resignation of Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, injuries and trade of All-Star point guard Deron Willams had something to do with that.

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