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SALT LAKE CITY -- Big Turk lived up to his nickname. Joe Vitale Jersey . After two games in which he was nearly invisible, Enes Kanter loomed large in the middle and scored 24 points to lift the Utah Jazz past the Washington Wizards 104-101 Saturday night. "The big man played big tonight," said Gordon Hayward, who hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to seal the win. Kanter made 11 of 13 shots and the Jazz overcame a 13-point deficit to take control in the fourth quarter and keep the Wizards from moving above the .500 mark for the first time in more than four years. Kanter also took the pressure off of Derrick Favours, who is dealing with a sore hip. "Enes was doing the scoring, so I just tried to go out there and play defence and get rebounds," said Favours, who had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Hayward finished with 16 points and Alec Burks added 15 as the Jazz swept the two games with the Wizards for the second straight season. Trevor Ariza led Washington with 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left that drew the Wizards within 101-98. John Wall banked in a 3-pointer to get within 102-101 with 3.6 seconds left, but Hayward made two free throws and Wall missed at the buzzer. Kanter scored a total of eight points in two blowout losses to Minnesota and drew his coachs ire for often being in the wrong spots. But in this one, Kanter consistently found himself in the right place at the right time -- picking up loose balls, making timely passes and changing the Wizards shots in the paint. "I personally was really bad two games against Minnesota, but tonight I wanted to come out with lots of energy," Kanter said. The muscular centre from Turkey displayed a deft shooting touch on jumpers and power moves to the basket. When Arizas 3-pointer cut the lead to 92-90, Kanter hit a jump shot. With 57 seconds left, he made two free throws to give Utah a 101-95 cushion after a nifty reverse-pivot down the lane that drew a foul. Utahs schedule has allowed for practices in the past few weeks and the young Jazz players have benefited from the extra work. "My coaches have given me a lot of confidence and weve been practicing really hard," Kanter said. "The things I have been trying to do and now showing in the games." Burks and Hayward drove through the Wizards defence for layups as the Jazz scored on four straight possessions to open the fourth quarter and take an 85-77 lead. "We did a good job of attacking them after playing inside-out. We attacked them in transition, attacked them in the half court," said Trey Burke, who had 12 points and eight assists. The Jazz seemed a step quicker to loose balls as the game wore on, but the Wizards made it interesting in the final minute before yet again failing to move above .500. "We were running in mud half the game, in my opinion," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "We wouldnt commit ourselves to our pace." Ten times over the past five seasons, the Wizards have had a chance to surpass .500. Theyve lost every time. "I feel like we had this game won. We just didnt do a good job in stopping them and they just kept making good plays," Wall said. Wizards last won a game to go above .500 on Oct. 31, 2009, when they beat the New Jersey Nets to improve to 2-1. They lost to Cleveland on Nov. 3 and havent had a winning record since. The Wizards, who led most of the game, have lost this season at 0-0, 9-9, 14-14, 19-19, 20-20 and 21-21. No one on the current Wizards roster was on the team when it was last above .500. Though Utah is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the Jazz are competitive when healthy. The starting lineup of Burke, Hayward, Marvin Williams, Richard Jefferson and Favours is 12-8 this season. Favours was a game-time decision but felt his right hip strain had healed enough to give it a go and the Jazz needed his defence and rebounding prowess. When Favors needed a rest, Kanter made his presence known, especially with his 10 points in the fourth quarter. After stumbling through a subpar January, Ariza has found his groove. He scored 23 points in a win over Phoenix Friday and made 6 of 10 3-pointers against Utah. But his fellow perimeter players couldnt find their range. Beal was 5 of 16 and Wall made just 4 of 14 attempts from the field. "I thought Trey and the guys playing Wall made him work for everything he got," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. Nene had 19 points, including a handful of emphatic dunks, and Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 11 rebounds, but they couldnt stop Kanter when it mattered most. NOTES: The Jazz claimed third-year forward Malcolm Thomas off waivers on Saturday. He has appeared in 16 career NBA games over three seasons with San Antonio (this season), Golden State and Chicago, averaging 1.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.4 minutes. . The teams combined to miss their first seven shots. . The Jazz reserves outscored their Washington counterparts 52-18 but all five Wizard starters scored in double figures. James Neal Jersey . T.J. Brodie scored at 2:26 of the extra session to lead Flames to a 5-4 win over the slumping Blackhawks, whose overtime record fell to 0-6 this season. Evgeni Malkin Jersey . Bradley Johnson headed Norwich in front early in the second half before captain Sebastien Bassong was adjudged to have fouled substitute John Guidetti inside the penalty box.REGINA -- Ken Miller bristled at the suggestion that the Saskatchewan Roughriders simply came out flat in their embarrassing 42-5 loss to the B.C. Lions on Saturday. "Ive watched the films," he said. "It was not a lack of effort." The head coach offered a theory of his own. "We werent playing well collectively," he said. "For some reason, we were not synchronized." The loss to B.C. ended Saskatchewans three-game winning streak. The Roughriders dropped to 4-8 and are now fighting for their playoff lives as they prepare to meet the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on Saturday. "Its time to get back to work," said quarterback Darian Durant when asked what the prevailing sentiment is among the players this week. "We have to put that one behind us. It was a bad day at the office. It happens. The timing was not good. But as long as we have time left, weve got a chance. Were not going to give up until the last game. You have to keep plugging." It has also been suggested that the Roughriders were not adequately prepared for the Lions, who have won six of seven games since opening the CFL season at 0-5. "They came out with more energy," Durant said. "They jumped on us, and we just werent ready." Slow starts have been a problem for the Riders all year. Durant said the team is concerned about this, and is trying to correct it, but the bottom line is, "We just have to make sure were in it at the end to give ourselves a chance to win." According to Durant, the head coachs message to the players on Tuesday was "to stay focused, stay positive, dont let doubt creep in." Saskatchewan is 0-5 against teams in the West, and five of their last six games are against divisional opponents. In addition to a home date with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Riders play twice against Calgary, once more against B.C., and twice against the Edmonton Eskimos. Centre Marc Parenteau, whose two bad snaps were among Saskatchewans many miscues against the Lions, said its crucial for the Riders to not look at the schedule bbeyond the upcoming game in Calgary, and to count on assistance from other teams. Simon Despres Jersey. . "You cant rely on any one team beating any other team," he said, adding, "You cant win all six (remaining) games on one weekend." The Riders added six players to their practice roster Tuesday: import defensive backs Tyron Brackenridge and Justin Wilson; import wide receiver L.J. Castile; import defensive ends Roberto Davis and Kenny Rowe, and import linebacker Chris Francis. Brackenridge signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007 and spent the last four years in the NFL. In two seasons with the Chiefs, he played in 14 games, making 27 tackles and forcing two fumbles. A product of Washington State, Brackenridge spent the previous two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in 32 games and finished with 44 tackles and three forced fumbles. He was waived by the Jaguars in July. As a senior at Southern Mississippi, last year, Wilson had 38 tackles, three tackles for losses, and four pass knock-downs in 12 starts. Castile helped Delta State reach the Division II championship game by leading the teams receiving corps in all categories with 67 catches for 900 yards and 13 touchdowns. Before transferring to Delta State for his senior year, Castile played three seasons at Houston. Davis played at Northwest Missouri State. In his senior year, he recorded 52 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, and seven quarterback sacks. He started his college career at New Mexico State and transferred in 2009. Rowe played for Oregon. In his senior season, he led the team with seven sacks and 16.5 tackles for losses. He had 48 tackles in all, and was tied for second in the NCAA (first in the PAC-10) with five forced fumbles. In 2010, Rowe appeared in the East-West Shrine game. In 2009, he tied a Rose Bowl record with three quarterback sacks and was named Rose Bowl Defensive MVP. Francis played with Baylor. In his senior year, 2010, he had 72 tackles in 12 games, to finish his college career with 159 tackles, three tackles for losses, two interceptions, and 1.5 quarterback sacks. ' ' '