The Wizards got their seventh win in eight games, taking down the Jazz at Verizon Center, 104-91. The Wizards led just about wire-to-wire as the last time the Jazz led in this one was when it was 5-4. Washington had one of their better shooting nights of the season, going 54.3% from the field, 40% from three and they were perfect from the line. Trevor Ariza continued his hot shooting as he led all scorers with 26 points. Bradley Beal had his second game in a row with twenty plus points as he scored 22. John Wall added his 23rd double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 assists while Marcin Gortat just missed his 25th, finishing with 16 points and nine boards.
There weren't many tense moments in this one as the Jazz never seriously threatened late. Towards the end of the first half though, the Jazz went on an 11-2 run to cut the Wizards once fifteen point lead to just six. Washington took some of the wind out of Utah's sails in the final ten seconds with a couple of Gortat free throws and a fantastic John Wall reverse dunk to push the lead back to double digits going into the break.
Player of the Game
Trevor Ariza continued his run as one of the hottest shooters in the NBA, scoring 26 points on 9/14 shooting and 4/6 from three. Over his last five games, he is an unbelievable 23/34 from long distance.
54.3%. The 54.3% that the Wizards shot from the field marks their third most efficient night of the year.
The Wizards veteran bigs off the bench get this together as Drew Gooden and Al Harrington combined for 20 points on 10/15 shooting, seven boards and five assists.
By: Jacob Raim