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Jazz, Wizards tangle in Salt Lake City

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz will try to get back on track after two straight losses on Saturday night when they welcome the Washington Wizards to EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz dropped both games of a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but have lost three of their last four. Saturday's contest will be the second of a four-game homestand, where they'll also welcome Sacramento and Golden State.

On Tuesday, Minnesota's Kevin Love nearly had a triple-double en route to a 112-97 victory.

Gordon Hayward returned from a five-game absence because of a hip injury to lead all scorers with 27 points, while Alec Burks tallied 18 points off the bench and Jeremy Evans added 10 in a reserve role for Utah.

"It just seemed like they wanted it a little more," Evans said. "We just need to work a little harder."

Utah's starting frontcourt of Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Enes Kanter each scored four points apiece. Derrick Favors missed the contest due to a hip flexor injury and is questionable Saturday.

Washington will continue its four-game western sojourn and opened the trip with Friday's 101-95 triumph in Phoenix thanks to a well-balanced attack from the starting five.

Trevor Ariza led the starters with 23 points, Nene and John Wall had 18 apiece, Bradley Beal netted 17 and Marcin Gortat rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points, Wall also dished out 12 assists for the Wizards, winners in five of seven games and owners of an 11-10 road mark.

The Wizards used a 31-19 advantage in the third quarter to place a dent on the Suns and made 45.3 percent of their shots. The Wizards tied a season high by pulling down 19 offensive boards, while Beal made Washington's last three baskets and scored seven of the teams final eight points.

"I knew that eventually the ball was going to come my way and I just stayed ready," Beal said. "I wasn't making too many shots throughout the game, but I just stayed with it and stayed confident."

Washington still has Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers to visit on this road swing.

The Jazz, who are 8-12 as the host, have won three in a row, six out of eight and nine out of 12 against the Wizards. Utah is 21-4 in its last 25 games against Washington in Salt Lake City.

01/25 10:21:53 ET

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Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
3rd
ECU 31
NCCU 7
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
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CWS 6
DET 3
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STL 1
CHC 5
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PIT 3
CIN 2
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BAL 3
MIN 2
 
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
 
9th
KAN 1
CLE 1
 
9th
CWS 4
DET 7
 
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ATL 0
MIA 4
 
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NYM 2
PHI 7
 
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HOU 2
TEX 0
8th
ARI 0
COL 1
 
7th
STL 4
CHC 1
 
6th
SDP 1
LOS 1
 
5th
SFG 3
MIL 0
 
4th
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
5th
SEA 0
WAS 2
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
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NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
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UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
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NCSU 24
GASO 23
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UMASS 7
BC 30
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NW 24
CAL 31
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NEB 55
FATL 7
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UMO 27
MARS 42
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ND 48
RICE 17
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MIZZ 38
SDST 18
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ALA 33
WVU 23
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AUB 45
ARK 21
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STAN 45
UCD 0
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UGA 45
CLEM 21
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
 
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KSU 14
OHIO 17
 
4th
OKLA 48
LATU 10
 
4th
KST 52
SAUST 16
 
4th
USC 52
FRES 13
 
4th
MSST 42
SMISS 0
 
3rd
OKST 17
FSU 20
 
3rd
TEX 28
UNT 0
 
4th
NMU 21
UTEP 24
 
8:05pm Tonight
UF 0
IDAHO 0
2nd
LSU 7
WISC 10
 
10:30pm Tonight
OREG
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10:30pm Tonight
HAW
WASH
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
3rd
ECU 31
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR 4
DUR 1