Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, and the Washington Wizards took an early lead and never lost it Wednesday night, shooting 54 percent in a 104-91 win over the Utah Jazz.
Enes Kanter made 11 of 13 shots and the Jazz overcame a 13-point deficit to take control in the fourth quarter and keep the Wizards from moving above the .500 mark for the first time in more than four years.
The road-weary Washington Wizards wanted to get home after traveling cross-country and playing four games in six days. They still had one more to go, though, and for the first 40 minutes Wednesday night they looked uninspired against a Utah Jazz squad that had won seven of its previous nine.
For the second year in a row, the Wizards start a franchise worst 0-8 as they fall 83-76 at home to the Utah Jazz.
The Washington Wizards (0-7) held practice today as they prepare for the Utah Jazz (4-5) tomorrow and a chance to tie the worst start in franchise history tomorrow, which they accomplished a year ago.
After losing five of six, Utah Jazz players admitted to being a bit “chippy” at practice on Thursday. They took out their frustration on a young Washington Wizards team Friday night, leading by 12 at halftime and scoring 38 points in the third quarter en route to a 114-100 victory.
After a trying three-game stretch on the road, the Utah Jazz return home to face one of the NBA’s worst teams, the Washington Wizards.
They almost let it slip away, but the Wizards picked up their second road win of the season at Utah Monday night.