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Thu Apr 24 23:40:40 SAST 2014

Jazz escape Wizards comeback bid in narrow win

Reuters | 24 January, 2013 10:390 Comments
Utah Jazz v Charlotte Bobcats
Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz reacts after his team scores against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 9, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Image by: Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

The Utah Jazz nearly squandered a 21-point lead but recovered in time to hold off the rejuvenated Washington Wizards 92-88 on Wednesday.

Utah were comfortably in front 73-52 late in the third quarter when the visiting Wizards stormed back with a 20-2 run that put the pressure on the Jazz in the fourth.

“I would say we were tense,” Utah’s Gordon Hayward told reporters.

“We go a little too fast and we start missing shots and they were able to get good lucks.”

Hayward scored three straight points, finishing with 15, after the challengers had pulled within two and Utah made their free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

Paul Millsap led the home side with 16 points and 15 rebounds while team mate Al Jefferson also notched a double-double.

Though the Wizards (9-31) have the NBA’s worst record, they have been boosted by John Wall’s return from a knee injury and are 4-3 since he joined the team.

Wall had 14 and eight assists against the Jazz (23-19) and Martell Webster recorded 15 in the loss.

After being dominated early and trailing by 21 in the second, Washington was able to make it a test down the stretch as they finished 2-3 on their five-game road trip.

“It was a good fight-back by us, but just a bad job of coming out and being ready to play,” said Wizards guard A.J. Price.

“If we had come up from the start and been ready to play it probably would have been a different game.”

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