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                 === Jazz go up big early, hold off Wizards ===
 Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Paul Millsap scored 16 points to go with
 15  rebounds and  the Utah Jazz held off  a late Wizards rally to take a 92-88
 decision over Washington on Wednesday.
 Al  Jefferson  notched a double-double  as well with  11 points and 10 boards.
 Despite  shooting just 38.1  percent in the second half, the Jazz were able to
 hold on for their fourth consecutive victory and sixth in seven games.
 Gordon  Hayward added  15 points  off the  bench for  Utah, which  received 11
 points  and six  assists from Jamaal Tinsley  and 12 points from Randy Foye in
 the win.
 "You've got to give Washington a lot of credit. Those guys have a lot of pride
 and kept fighting. We also missed some shots and had some turnovers (in the
 fourth quarter)," said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin. "They scored 30 points
 in the fourth quarter after we held them to 19, 19, and 20. That just shows
 that they are going to compete and fight (to the end). Regardless
 of who you play in this league teams can score a lot of points."
 The  Wizards battled back from a 22-point first half hole, but ultimately fell
 short  in  attempting to finish with  a winning record on their five-game road
 Martell  Webster  scored a team-best 15  points and John Wall finished with 14
 points along with eight assists in the defeat.
 "We fought our way back after miserable execution offensively in the first
 half. We started 27 or 28 percent shooting. We were missing good shots through
 the offense," said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman Guys tried to make it stop
 just by themselves. We got into a little bit of non-ball movement in the end."
 After  making  12-of-19 shots from  the field in  the first quarter, Utah took
 control in the second.
 They  opened the  period with a 20-6 run,  as Enes Kanter scored all 10 of his
 points  during the stretch before Hayward capped it with a three-point play to
 give the Jazz a 47-25 lead at the midway point of the quarter.
 The  Wizards,  who shot  a miserable  29.8 percent in  the first half, trailed
 52-38  at the break. They went down by 21 in the third after Jefferson knocked
 down a long jumper, but soon began a run to get back in the game.
 They  bridged the  third and fourth quarters  with a 20-3 surge, with Wall and
 Jordan  Crawford  combining for 11 of  the points during the run before Trevor
 Ariza  drained a  triple to bring the Wizards within 75-72 with 8:57 remaining
 in the game.
 Two  minutes  later, a Kevin  Seraphin jumper reduced  Utah's lead to just two
 points, but Washington could never get over the hump completely.
 Hayward  scored on a  layup and then split a pair from the line before Millsap
 finished a basket underneath the hoop to push the Utah's edge to seven.
 Bradley  Beal flushed home  a jam with 1:10 remaining in the game to bring the
 Wizards  within 88-84,  but Millsap hit a back-breaking jumper with 21 seconds
 to go to increase the Jazz lead to 90-84.
 Webster  drained a  triple at the other  end to make it a one-possession game,
 but Foye sank a pair of free throws to ice the win.
                                   Game Notes
 The Wizards have dropped 21 of the last 25 meetings with the Jazz in Salt Lake
 City  ... Utah has won five games in a row at home, where they are 14-4 on the
 season  ...  The Jazz  have taken  nine of  the past  12 meetings overall with
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