(SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz will try to get back on track after two
straight losses on Saturday night when they welcome the Washington Wizards to
The Jazz dropped both games of a home-and-home series with the Minnesota
Timberwolves, but have lost three of their last four. Saturday's contest will
be the second of a four-game homestand, where they'll also welcome Sacramento
and Golden State.
On Tuesday, Minnesota's Kevin Love nearly had a triple-double en route to a
Gordon Hayward returned from a five-game absence because of a hip injury to
lead all scorers with 27 points, while Alec Burks tallied 18 points off the
bench and Jeremy Evans added 10 in a reserve role for Utah.
"It just seemed like they wanted it a little more," Evans said. "We just need
to work a little harder."
Utah's starting frontcourt of Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Enes
Kanter each scored four points apiece. Derrick Favors missed the contest due
to a hip flexor injury and is questionable Saturday.
Washington will continue its four-game western sojourn and opened the trip
with Friday's 101-95 triumph in Phoenix thanks to a well-balanced attack from
the starting five.
Trevor Ariza led the starters with 23 points, Nene and John Wall had 18
apiece, Bradley Beal netted 17 and Marcin Gortat rounded out the double-digit
scorers with 14 points, Wall also dished out 12 assists for the Wizards,
winners in five of seven games and owners of an 11-10 road mark.
The Wizards used a 31-19 advantage in the third quarter to place a dent on the
Suns and made 45.3 percent of their shots. The Wizards tied a season high by
pulling down 19 offensive boards, while Beal made Washington's last three
baskets and scored seven of the teams final eight points.
"I knew that eventually the ball was going to come my way and I just stayed
ready," Beal said. "I wasn't making too many shots throughout the game, but I
just stayed with it and stayed confident."
Washington still has Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers to visit on
this road swing.
The Jazz, who are 8-12 as the host, have won three in a row, six out of eight
and nine out of 12 against the Wizards. Utah is 21-4 in its last 25 games
against Washington in Salt Lake City.
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