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Utah Jazz’s sloppy effort enough to top winless Wizards
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) is fouled by Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards' Jan Vesely, of the Czech Republic (24), Emeka Okafor (50) and A.J. Price (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards' Jordan Crawford, left, fights for the ball against Utah Jazz's DeMarre Carroll, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards' Jan Vesely, of the Czech Republic (24), Emeka Okafor (50) and A.J. Price (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) battles for the ball against Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards' Jan Vesely, of the Czech Republic, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors, right, fights for the ball against Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. The Jazz won 83-76. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards' Emeka Okafor (50) goes to the basket against Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. The Jazz won 83-76. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. The Jazz won 83-76. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards' Jordan Crawford, right, and Trevor Ariza, left, fight for the ball against Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. The Jazz won 83-76. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Utah Jazz's Mo Williams (5) and Washington Wizards' Emeka Okafor, right, chase after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington • Not even the Jazz could lose to the Washington Wizards.

Despite scoring fewer points than they had in any game this season, committing 19 turnovers and falling behind by double digits before making their first basket, the Jazz were no match for the Wizards when it came to futility on Saturday, winning 83-76 in a game that was as ugly as it was satisfying.

“Fortunate,” was Paul Millsap’s best description for the Jazz. “Any team’s capable of beating you, especially at home.”

That maxim even includes the Wizards.

The Jazz (5-6) gave the NBA’s last winless team hope throughout, spotting Washington (0-8) a 13-point first quarter lead and falling behind by eight after erasing the previous deficit.

“We didn’t play our best basketball,” coach Tyrone Corbin said.

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But the Jazz pieced together a solid fourth quarter. They finally closed a game with some energy, snapped a two-game losing streak and evened their record on the now-concluded East Coast road trip at 2-2.

Al Jefferson led all scorers with 21 points. After scoring just four points in the first half, Jefferson scored 17 in the third quarter as the Jazz’s quarter included a an 11-2 run that put them up 80-69.

“We couldn’t afford to start that third quarter off like [the first half],” Jefferson said. “We were down two [40-38] at the half and I just had to get it going, make some shots.”

The uncertainties of a winless team were what concerned coach Tyrone Corbin the most.

“We can’t look at their record and think we’re going to come in here and get it,” Corbin said. “We had to play, and they showed that in the first half.”

Concerned about his team’s propensity for poor starts, Corbin started Derrick Favors and Randy Foye in place of Marvin Williams and Gordon Hayward. The “big” lineup, so effective earlier on the road trip, was disastrous for the Jazz. With six minutes gone in the first quarter, they trailed 15-2.

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At a glance

Storylines Jazz 83, Wizards 76

The Jazz overcome another slow start to keep the Wizards winless.

» Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson all record 10 or more rebounds as the Jazz outboard Washington 60-44.

» The Jazz go 2-2 on their East Coast road trip and are 5-6 overall.


 
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