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Utah Jazz basketball: Wizards nearly pull off comeback victory at ESA; Jazz hold on to win

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 8:38 a.m. MDT

Washington's Martell Webster sits down and takes off his shoes after the loss to the Jazz Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Energy Solutions arena. Jazz won 92-88. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Washington's Martell Webster sits down and takes off his shoes after the loss to the Jazz Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Energy Solutions arena. Jazz won 92-88. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Jazz forward Paul Milsap banked in a short jump shot to give the jazz a cushy six-point lead with 21 seconds remaining.

Well, not as cushy as their first-half lead of 22 points that dwindled in a cold Jazz fourth quarter. The Jazz watched the Washington Wizards quickly chip away one point at a time, or more often three points at a time, while shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc.

Despite allowing the Wizards back into the game, Utah pulled off a 92-88 win at EnergySolutions Arena Wednesday evening.

The Jazz shot 44 percent from the field, led by Paul Millsap with 16 points and Gordon Hayward with 15 points.

Washington finished with a 26-18 advantage in transition baskets. This was in large part due to crafty guard John Wall finding streaking Wizards and racking up eight assists.

Utah's Paul Millsap looks to get around Washington's Nene as the Jazz and the Wizards play Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Energy Solutions arena. Jazz won 92-88. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah's Paul Millsap looks to get around Washington's Nene as the Jazz and the Wizards play Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Energy Solutions arena. Jazz won 92-88. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Whitney O'Bannon is currently a new media sports intern for the Deseret News.

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