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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.