With the Jazz nursing a seven-point lead midway through the second quarter Friday night, coach Tyrone Corbin put Al Jefferson back in the game. It was the beginning of the end for the Washington Wizards. Jefferson scored 16 of his season-high 34 points in the final 5:41 of the first half, when the Jazz took command of an eventual 114-100 victory at EnergySolutions Arena. In his previous two games, losses at New Orleans and Oklahoma City, Jefferson made only 13 of 33 shots and scored 29 total points. Against Washington, however, he made 16 of 23 field-goal attempts, including 12 of 15 in the first half. "Once that right hand gets going," Jefferson joked after the game, "even I can't stop it." Led by their veteran center, the Jazz scored over 100 points for the first time in eight games. It was the first time since Jan. 21 that Utah scored over 100 points in a victory. Devin Harris, who finished with 12 points and a season-high nine assists, credited Jefferson.
Al Jefferson's second-quarter explosion sparks Utah Jazz past Washington Wizards
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 18