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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)
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“Nothing worked at the beginning of the game,” Millsap said.

Corbin inserted Hayward midway through the first quarter. The guard, who came off the bench eight times last season, flourished. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half.

“We were able to get the ball in his hands and he made plays in that second quarter especially,” Corbin said. “He was more aggressive and that’s what I wanted to see. He helped us hang in there when things weren’t going well.”

An alley-oop from Mo Williams to Hayward in the second quarter put the Jazz up 27-23, their largest lead of the first half.

The Jazz still have plenty of issues to work out, and they aren’t erased by a win, and Corbin’s postgame assessment was far from an endorsement.

“I don’t think defensively we’re on the same page,” Corbin said. “Offensively, we didn’t get the ball where we wanted. It’s the last game of a four-game road trip and you’re typically low on energy. We played last night, but we just didn’t execute on either end of the floor as well I thought we would.”

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But for the Jazz, there was a renewed sense of optimism in the locker room. Splitting the road trip took frantic overtime heroics in Toronto and a sloppy one in Washington in which they were out-slopped. But the Jazz, who return to Salt Lake City for two home games this week, believe they can build on it.

“We wish we could have won some more games,” Favors said, “but two out of four is not that bad.”

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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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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