Notebook: Jazz 83, Wizards 76



Posted Nov 17, 2012 11:09 PM

By Rich Dubroff, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Al Jefferson scored 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter to lead the Utah Jazz over the winless Washington Wizards 83-76 on Saturday night.

The Jazz won despite shooting just 37.8 percent and starting the game off by allowing the Wizards to take an 11-0 lead.

Gordon Hayward had 15 points and Mo Williams had 12 for Utah, which ended its road trip at 2-2. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 20 points. Trevor Ariza had 16 -- all in the first half. The Wizards are 0-8.

QUOTABLE: ""I don't think defensively we're on the same page. Offensively, we didn't get the ball where we wanted. The last game of a four-game road trip, you typically get a little

lower in energy. We played last night, but we just didn't execute on either end of the floor as well as I thought we would."

--Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on being displeased with the performance despite the win.

THE STAT: Utah outrebounded Washington 60-44. The Jazz's three frontcourt starters, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap and Jefferson, combined for 33 rebounds.

TURNING POINT: The Wizards trailed by just 69-67 with 7:54 to play, but Ariza missed two foul shots, and Utah went on an 11-2 run to put it away.

QUOTABLE II: "We don't have any balance right now. In a perfect world, I'd like eight or nine guys and play them every night -- know when they're coming in, who's starting, who's coming off the bench. I'm sometimes, right now, not knowing who's going to play tonight, who's up, who's down."

--Washington coach Randy Wittman on his team's inconsistency to start the season.

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HOT: Jefferson shot eight of 12 from the field in the third quarter.

NOT: Millsap missed 11 of his 13 shots from the floor. Asked what was working for the Jazz, he laughed and said: "Nothing worked at the beginning of the game."

GOOD MOVE: Corbin, upset that Utah started off poorly on Friday, started Favors and Randy Foye in place of Hayward and Marvin Williams. Hayward, who wasn't getting enough shots in the old rotation, get more this time, and the Jazz won ugly.

BAD MOVE: Wittman started Jan Vesely for the first time this season. He had five points and five rebounds. The Wizards took an 11-0 lead, but looked ragged afterward.

NOTABLE: The Wizards have started 0-8 for the second consecutive season. ...They're the second NBA team to do that. ... The 2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies started 0-8. ... In 2002-03, they lost 13 straight to start the season.

IN THE ARENA: The biggest cheer came with 34.9 seconds to play with Washington trailing by nine. Williams missed two free throws, giving fans free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

"They didn't get a win; at least they got some sandwiches," Millsap said.

NEXT: Jazz: Monday vs. Rockets, Friday vs. Kings, Saturday @ Kings. Wizards: Monday vs. Pacers, Wednesday @ Hawks, Saturday vs. Bobcats.