Wizards Late Run Comes Up Short

Written By Chris C-Ford ---- Thursday, January 24, 2013

Written By Jeremy Batka @EastCoastAssn

The Jazz hung on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City to hand the Wizards their 31st loss of the season 92-88.

The Wizards trailed by 22 in the first half and entered the fourth quarter down 15. A road weary Washington squad could have easily given up but the Wizards continued to battle and cut the lead to just two with a few minutes to go in the fourth.

The Jazz, now winners of 8 of their last ten, took a six point lead with 20 seconds left when Paul Millsap hit a baseline jumper, making it 90-84. Millsap led Utah in points with 16 and rebounds with 15 he was one of six players in double digits for the Jazz.

Washington finishes their current western road trip 2-3 and 5-3 in their last 8 overall. Wizard fans have got to be happy with their team's higher level of play since John Wall's return

Martell Webster led the Wizards in scoring Wednesday night with 15 shooting 3-4 from three point land. Webster also led the team in minutes with 34 and continues to be a consistent scoring option since John Wall's return.

Wall had 14 points and eight assists in 27 minutes off the bench. It shouldn't be long now before Wall is in the starting lineup.

Once again Emeka Okafor had was a man in the post. Okafor scored just six points but managed to snag 17 rebounds. Okafor may never have a great offensive game but he does so much for the team in the paint and on the defensive end that his significance cannot be overstated.

The Wizards now return home to welcome Minnesota to the Verizon center Friday night.

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