Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley
Beal added 22 and the Washington Wizards rolled to a 104-91 victory over the
Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
John Wall chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who
bounced back into the win column after having their six-game winning streak
stopped by Memphis on Monday.
They did it by shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and outscoring the Jazz in
the paint by a wide 56-36 margin.
Drew Gooden, who had gone scoreless in limited action since signing a 10-day
contract with Washington last week, totaled 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
"I've been playing this game for 12 years," Gooden said. "I actually think
what helped me was the time off, being able to observe the game from the
house, from the couch, and know the type of player I'm going to be the next
time I had the opportunity to get a shot."
Utah, which has opened its six-game road trip with four consecutive losses,
was led by Alec Burks' 19 points.
The Jazz used a 10-0 run that dipped into the fourth quarter to trim a 15-
point deficit to five, 79-74, following a Diante Garrett 3-pointer.
Five was as close as it got, though, as Washington put the game away with a
11-3 spurt, with Wall's finger roll with under four minutes to play providing
a 98-85 cushion.
Ariza and Marcin Gortat combined to shoot 8-of-12 for 20 points in the
opening quarter, which ended with the Wizards holding a 28-23 lead.
Washington stretched the difference to 15 late in the second, and Wall's steal
and reverse dunk just before the buzzer gave the hosts a 54-44 advantage at
"They had 23 points off of 13 turnovers, which is a lot and they were bad
turnovers," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Gortat finished with 16 points and nine rebounds ... The Jazz had won four
straight against Washington ... Utah's bench outscored the Wizards' reserves
45-22 ... Utah missed nine of its 22 free throw attempts while the Wizards
made all 10 of theirs.
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