The Washington Wizards had the perfect opportunity for a first victory, facing a struggling and tired Utah Jazz team ready to go home after nearly a week on the road.
Instead, the night ended with another demoralizing loss that turned awkward and surreal in the final minute - when the home crowd started cheering wildly for a chicken sandwich giveaway.
The Jazz pulled away in the fourth quarter and capped a four-game road trip with an 83-76 win Saturday, making the Wizards only the second team in NBA history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons.
''It's tough,'' Washington coach Randy Wittman said. ''I don't know how else to put it.''
Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and the Jazz put on a sloppy performance that included 19 turnovers - and got away with it because they were playing the Wizards.
''We didn't play our best basketball,'' Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. ''But it's good to see the guys gut it out there wh...