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Jefferson had eclipsed his season high of 30 points with nearly 5 minutes left in the third as the Jazz led by as many as 28. He finished 16 of 23 with 12 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
Paul Millsap had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah, which held a 70-44 advantage in the paint.
The Wizards have won just three road games all season and travel to Phoenix next.
Jazz point guard Devin Harris did his best to keep up with Wall, scoring six straight points in the third quarter on a three-point play and 3-point shot when Utah took control. He also had two steals and a season-high nine assists.
The Wizards got within 64-54 on a layup by JaVale McGee with 10:08 left in the third.
The Jazz led 62-50 at halftime, closing the second quarter on a 6-2 run after Washington had pulled to 56-48 on Crawford’s jumper with 1:47 remaining.
Jefferson had the hot hand again, hitting seven of eight shots for a 16-point quarter. He led all scorers at halftime with 26 points — four shy of his previous season high of 30 on Jan. 10 against Cleveland.
The Jazz shot 59.1 percent in the first half and 52.8 percent overall.
Utah fell behind 10-4 to open the game but outscored Washington 28-10 to take a 32-20 lead after one quarter. The Jazz shot 62.5 percent in the first quarter, with their first 14 points coming in the paint.
Wall had been a tough foe for the Jazz. He averaged 23.5 points and 11 assists in two wins over the Jazz last season as a rookie, and entered this one averaging 20 points, 8.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in his last eight games overall.
But he didn’t get much support from three other Wizards starters: Nick Young shot 4 of 12, Trevor Booker was 1 of 5 and Chris Singleton 2 of 4.
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