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Wizards' bid for winning record falls flat in loss to Jazz

January 26, 2014

Building a 13-point lead in the first half and then again an eight-point advantage in the third quarter, the Wizards flirted with success. It was only a flirtation in a 104-101 loss to the Jazz that dropped the Wizards to 21-22 and prevented them from going over .500 for the first time this season.

Chances for the Wizards


Randy Wittman:

“We were running mud half the game, in my opinion. I mean our pace to this game in the first half. We walked the ball up more tonight than we have probably all season. We wouldn’t commit ourselves to our pace. We build an eight-point lead in the first quarter, and then losing our pace all together, go up at half by two, where I think that’s where we could have really exploded. But again, we just had a stretch. We turned the ball over a couple times and they took advantage of it.”

John Wall struggled to find an offensive rhythm but scored 9 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter including a banked three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left.

For the second straight game, Trevor Ariza led the Wizards in scoring with 23 points.

Ariza's night


 Beal scoring and more


Nene added 19 points

Nene's night with dramatic dunks


Kevin Seraphin a big part of the Wizards first half surge


We have made it to San Francisco where the Wizards play Golden State on Tuesday. Thanks for all the connections on Twitter @DJohnsonWTOP and @GCTalks.