The Roundup—Jazz 84, Wizards 93
By Matt Payne, utahjazz.com
The third quarter, usually Utah’s strongest of the four, let the Jazz down Sunday night as they fell to the Wizards 93-84 in Washington, D.C.
The Jazz got off to an uncharacteristically hot start, scoring the game’s first six points and going into the half with a 42-37 lead. The Wizards, though, outscored the Jazz 30-16 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
John Wall was all over the place, posting 16 points, six rebounds, eight assists, five steals and three blocks. Bradley Beal led all scorers with 22 points as the Wizards improved to 12-2 at home this season.
Alec Burks scored a team-high 19 points for the Jazz, who fell to 6-18 with the loss. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, while Enes Kanter registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Trey Burke had 15 points and was the only other Jazz player to reach double figures.
Rudy Gobert, who started in place of Derrick Favors (ankle), scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds. He also finished with two steals and three blocks.
Utah’s defense was awesome in the first half as the Jazz forced 12 turnovers and held the Wizards to 40 percent shooting. The second half? It was not so awesome. Utah created only three Washington turnovers and the Wizards went 9-for-13 from the field to start the third quarter. For the game, Washington shot 48.8 percent.
Coach’s Quote of the Night
“We started turning the ball over [in the third quarter]. You can’t shoot yourself in the foot like that. You don’t really get a chance to defend when you’re turning it over. The Wizards are very good at converting those and getting out in transition—Wall in particular. We’re looking at their backs when we turn it over.”
—Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
Hard to pick the “best” of a handful of mediocre performances, but ... let’s go with Burke—in the first half, at least. Trey went 6-for-8 from the field for 13 first-half points to go along with two assists and two steals. His second half wasn’t so good (1-for-8 with zero assists or steals) and his game pretty much sums up the play of the team in general.
Burks was hot from beyond the arc, going 3-for-4, but the rest of the team couldn’t keep pace. Overall, Utah went 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) from 3-point range, marking the fourth straight game the Jazz have made less than 30 percent of their threes.
Block of the Night
Nene dunked on Gobert early in the second quarter, then went for another on Washington’s next possession. Jeremy Evans, though, rose up from behind and spiked the ball from Nene’s hands, giving Utah’s the possession. As a team, Utah blocked seven shots.
The Jazz will continue their road trip when they face the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS.