The Utah Jazz reached the halfway point of the regular season by picking up a thrilling road win over the Washington Wizards 107-104.
The turning point: Down 102-101 with 1:22 remaining, the Jazz scored six of the game’s final eight points. Up by three with 7.6 seconds left, Donovan Mitchell prevented Washington’s Bradley Beal from getting a game-tying 3-point attempt off.
- Although the Wizards finished with a better shooting percentage, Utah attempted 14 more field goals.
- The Jazz came up with 15 steals compared to eight for Washington. In all, the Wizards finished with 23 turnovers while Utah had just 13.
- The Jazz won the bench scoring statistic 35-16.
The hero: Ricky Rubio scored 21 points and had four steals, three assists and two rebounds. With Utah shorthanded, Ekpe Udoh scored a season-high 16 points and Royce O’Neale added 10. Washington's John Wall led all scorers with 35 points to go along with 11 assists.
Next up: at Charlotte (15-23), Friday, Jan. 12, 5 p.m. MT
On deck: vs. Indiana (21-19), Monday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. MT