Wizards routed by Jazz

Blatche scores 24 in loss

March 16, 2010|By Sports Digest

Carlos Boozer scored 23 points, Deron Williams notched his 35th double-double of the season, and the host Utah Jazz ended a two-game losing streak with a 112-89 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Williams finished with 17 points and 11 assists, and sparked a 17-6 run at the start of the third quarter that turned the game into a rout. Andray Blatche scored 24 points and Mike Miller added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost their eighth straight game. Washington shot just 3-for-22 from the field and was outscored 31-15 in the third quarter as Utah built a 90-60 lead. The Wizards shot 36.9 percent for the game. Mehmet Okur scored 14 points for Utah, which had seven players score in double figures and won for the 11th time in 16 games. The Jazz moved one game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Blatche is averaging 22.6 points in the Wizards' eight games in March. Alonzo Gee scored 10 points in the second half for Washington, which trailed 59-45 at halftime. Utah blocked six shots and forced 15 Washington turnovers.

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