Washington's John Wall became the 10th opposing point guard to lead his team in scoring against the Jazz this season, but he was not dominant during Utah's 114-100 victory Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Wall finished with 24 points, five assists and four rebounds. He made eight of his 12 field-goal attempts. But the Jazz did a decent job of limiting his ability to get to the basket -- something that has hurt them recently against players like Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and New York's Jeremy Lin.
"You have to give him different looks," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "One of the things you have to do is take stuff away from him. You have to take the right or the left away from him. You can't give guys choices every time down."
According to Corbin, the Jazz used a variety of defensive tactics against Wall.
"[You] can't let guys get comfortable in this league," Corbin said. "They are too good. If you let them to have choices of what they want to do, then they leave you guessing all night. That's tough, defensively."
The Jazz used a 30-12 run early in the third quarter to break open the game against Washington.
Paul Millsap and Devin Harris each scored eight points as the Jazz turned a 10-point advantage into a 92-64 lead.
"We had them down but we couldn't afford to come out slow in the third quarter," Al Jefferson said. "So it was very important for us to jump on them, just to put that nail in the coffin. ... We know if you come out [with] an 8-0 or 10-0 run, it just takes everything out of [them]."
Said Devin Harris: "We wanted to come out and have that killer instinct. We wanted to push that lead up. The first five minutes were very important and we were able to get stops and run. When we do that, we're very good."
Jefferson scored 16 of his 34 points in the final 5:41 of the first half, when Utah bumped a seven-point lead to 62-50.
"It was great," Corbin said. "Any time you can score three or four baskets and get stops on the other end, it's a great run in this league. ... We put the ball in Al's hands and he made plays. It created a good tempo for us."
Asked whether he was more pleased with Jefferson's season-high 34 points or three steals, Corbin laughed and said, "I like the 'W' the best."
Briefly: Jazz rookie Alec Burks scored 13 points in 20 minutes against the Wizards. He has now scored 32 points in 53 minutes in the last three games. ... Jefferson said the Jazz knew the Wizards (7-24) had won two of their last three. "Coming into this game, we were afraid of them," he said. "We knew we couldn't be relaxed on this team. They went out and beat Portland at Portland. They are playing well." ... C.J. Miles went 1-for-5 from the field. He is only 3-for-17 over the last three games. ... Asked about Jefferson's big night, Washington coach Randy Wittman said, "We have to do a better job when a guy gets going. [We] have to step up to the plate and get a little pissed off about what's going on and fight the guy."
-- Steve Luhm
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