Jazz drop Wizards to 0-8 with 83-76 victory

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012
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Corbin said he's not sure whether he'll stick with the new starting five for another game.

"I didn't feel too comfortable with it," Millsap said. "It was tough, especially starting out. ... Nothing worked at the beginning of the game, but when we're clicking, when everything is flowing, that's a pretty good starting lineup."

Wittman made his first lineup change of the season, with Jordan Crawford and Jan Vesely on the floor at tipoff instead of Trevor Booker and rookie Bradley Beal. The Wizards have yet to play this season with John Wall (knee) or Nene (foot), although Nene has resumed practicing with the team.

"That's not an excuse," Wittman said. "We've got enough here to win games, and we do — and we've got to believe that. I've got to help them believe in themselves right now. We're low on confidence right now from an offensive standpoint."

The changes didn't alter the final result for the Wizards, who remain overmatched and inconsistent as the only winless team in the NBA. The Jazz entered the game 1-6 on the road and were playing the second half of a back-to-back following a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, but Washington was outrebounded 60-44, outhustled too often, and again couldn't get to the free-throw line nearly enough. Utah also took 27 free throws to Washington's 12.

And, no, not all of the Wizards fans were cheering for sandwiches at the end. There weren't that many left in the arena. Most had already departed after booing their team.

"It's acceptable," Crawford said. "We are 0-8."

NOTES: Crawford scored 20 points to lead the Wizards. ... The teams combined for the same number of turnovers as made baskets (12) in the first quarter. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are the only other franchise with back-to-back 0-8 starts, accomplishing the dubious feat in 2001-02 and 2002-03, according to STATS, LLC. ... Shaun Livingston, signed on Thursday, made his Wizards season debut, scoring four points in 17 minutes.

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