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The Wizards hung tough with the Jazz for three quarters and only trailed by two entering the fourth, but would score only 13 fourth quarter points and fall 83-76.

The Wizards held the lead at the half thanks to a very hot start from Trevor Ariza and a stifling defensive effort that saw the Jazz only manage 38 points in the 1st half. The defense was the highlight of the night for Washington as they held the Jazz to just 83 points and 37% shooting, both well below their season averages. The Wizards could not find much offensive rhythm though as the Jazz held them to 37% shooting.

Without Al Jefferson this might have been a very different story as he single-handedly kept the Jazz in the game during the 3rd quarter where he scored 17 of his 21 points. The Jazz also controlled the glass in this one, outrebounding the Wizards 60-44.

Crawford led the team with 20 points and also had 8 assists as he made his way back in the starting lineup, Ariza had 16 points, and Okafor added 8 points and 14 rebounds.

A tough loss for a young team that still finds itself searching for its first win of the year. They'll get their next chance Monday night at Verizon Center against Indiana.


Jordan Crawford
Points: 20
Assists: 8
Rebounds: 1

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 20
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 14
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 8
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 3
Steals: Trevor Ariza - 3

Crawford on game:

“It was tough because we should have had this game. We lost the game ourselves. They made their run, but we also got up eight in the third quarter and let it slip away. I think we’re going to have to buckle down and concentrate and finish the game strong.”

On the team’s attitude:

“We got to stay up because we got to win. We can’t be down on ourselves. We still got to play the games. We got a lot of games.”
Livingston on joining the Wizards:

“The pieces are here. It’s just about them coming together. It’s just about the little things coming together. We’re still in it, in the East especially. We’re not totally out of it. We have just got to get (a win) on the board.”

On the team’s confidence:

“We just need to keep playing. We’ve got to try to get easy buckets. We’ve got to try to get a rhythm going on the offensive end.”
Beal on what went wrong tonight::

“Right now we’re 0-8. Every game we’re there. It’s just a matter of executing down the stretch and making sure we’re making the right decisions. Tonight rebounds killed us. We gave up 26 offensive rebounds in this game. If we do the small things we’ll be fine. We just have to get back to the basics.”

On this season’s losses:

I think we could have won more than half of the games we played. Our intensity is there, our competitiveness is there, and everything that we need to do is there. All the way up to the fourth quarter. I think the fourth quarter is what really kills us.”
On the starting lineup:

“First, it’s about the team, it’s not about individuals. I thought making a change was needed. As coach, I’m trying to find some balance and we don’t have balance right now. We just don’t have consistency right now. I’m going to continue to look for different combinations and try to find who is playing well together.”

On the team’s defense:

“Defensively, other than the offensive rebounds we gave up, we played well…We held them to 83 points. That is their lowest total of the year and I think they are top ten in scoring this year…But when we can’t convert at the other end it’s tough, but we have to keep fighting because we are right there in these games.”