Originally written on Wizards Extreme  |  Last updated 1/24/13
jazz 92 wizards 88 1/21/2013 - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT ESPN Boxscore NBA.com Game Highlights (Photo by Rick Bowmer/ Associated Press)   The Wizards were clearly in a funk playing their fifth and final road game in Utah last night. The effort was sparse on both ends of the court and it showed. But in the midst of all the rubbish, Martell Webster quietly had a moderate performance. He finished with 15 points, with all of his field goals coming from 3-point territory. Besides a knuckle-head open floor foul on Gordon Hayward, Webster was the most persistent on the floor, reaching for steals, keeping up in transition, getting to the line where he was 6-6, and just being his normal, elusive self. Nene: Nene was in the deepest of deep funks. A guy who’s been scrutinized as of late for his pass first mentality actually managed 14 shot attempts. Problem is, he only sunk 3 of them. Nene struggled to find his touch down low and some of that credit goes to the Jazz defenders down low. Countering the Jazz big boys was a concern going into the game, but it seems the Wizards game plan may have failed in trying to get Nene to battle them straight up. It was a frustrating night for the Big Brazilian, failing to get calls from the ref and picking up 5 fouls himself. Al Jefferson: Like Nene, Jefferson also struggled from the floor, finishing with 11 points on 5-17 shooting. He and Millsap controlled the paint last night as the two combined for 26 rebounds and defended the Wizards big men well enough to make them a complete non factor. As suggested in the BulletsForever recap, the Wizards failed to exploit the inability of the Jazz big men to maneuver well on defense and instead decided to feed Nene near the rim to create scoring opportunities.     The Good Well, the Wizards didn’t roll over when they were down, right? I guess that’s alright. The Wizards went on a 20-2 run which lasted until the midway mark of the fourth quarter to bring the game to within 3. A good dose of the run was facilitated by John Wall, who made a few buckets and assisted a few others before a Trevor Ariza steal and layup followed by a 3-pointer finally cut the lead to three.   The Bad Brad Beal has also been in a bit of a slump the last two games. It almost seems as if his jet lag finally caught up to him during the Portland game. Whatever it is, let’s hope it changes because we’re all yearning for some more Wall/Beal combinations. Jordan Crawford’s minutes have increased since his return from injury and that has subsequently resulted in Beal watching from the bench more often than we’d like.   The Ugly What wouldn’t have been ugly is seeing this team heading back to DCA with a winning record on this five-game road trip. After a six-game stretch of wonderful basketball, the Wizards faced a reality check last night in Utah and tumbled. The scoring runs are bittersweet. Fun while it’s happening, but aching to see them become a disservice because of the hole the Wizards put themselves in initially. Hope the flight back wasn’t as turbulent and that a days rest will have their young legs refreshed and ready.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Miguel Cabrera headed to disabled list for 1st time in career

Report: San Antonio Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Mavs solidify future, sign Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

Report: Pacers, Lakers Discussing Roy Hibbert Trade

Watch: Pablo Sandoval falls over railing during catch

Report: Green Bay Packers’ player charged with firing a gun in Miami

Kawhi, LaMarcus, the mid-range and the Spurs' next epoch

Tennis: How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

Damian Lillard is the Blazers’ new franchise player

Bryce Harper flaunts patriotic bat, hits home run

Report: Magic will sign Tobias Harris to 4-year deal

The top American sports moments since the last Fourth of July

Nine former college football rivalries that need to come back

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.