WASHINGTON, D.C. — A balanced scoring night from their starters lifted the Utah Jazz to an important road win, 102-92 over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon.
All five Jazz starters scored in double-figures in the second game of a three-game road trip, and with the win improved to 17-11 on the road this season. Gordon Hayward paced the effort with 30 points, while George Hill added 21 and hit five 3-pointers. Rudy Gobert (15), Rodney Hood (11) and Derrick Favors (10) also scored in double-figures.
Utah built a 24-point lead in the third quarter and led by 18 with 6:58 to play before the Wizards, the Eastern Conference's third-place team, began to chip away at the lead and made it 95-89 on two Bojan Bogdanovic free throws with two minutes to play. Hayward answered with a 3-pointer, then a long jumper off a Hood steal to make it an 11-point game, though, and the Jazz hung on from there.
• The Jazz ended the first half on a 15-6 run to lead by 10 at the break. Hayward had 11 points in that stretch, including a pair of 3-pointers.
• Utah dominated the boards, outrebounding Washington 52-27, and had 11 blocked shots to one for the Wizards. It helped counteract the Jazz's 24 turnovers, to 15 for Washington.
• The Wizards entered the game with the third-best home record in the NBA, dropping to 24-8 on the year at Verizon Center with the loss.
Records: Jazz 37-22, 4th place, Western Conference; Wizards 34-23, 3rd place, Eastern Conference
Jazz: Gobert had a double-double with 15 points and 20 rebounds and added four blocked shots and three assists.
Wizards: John Wall had 23 points, 11 assists, three rebounds and four steals.
Jazz: at Oklahoma City, Tuesday, 6 p.m. MST
Wizards: vs. Golden State, Tuesday, 5 p.m.