The Jazz led by 22 points in the second quarter and 15 entering the fourth, but the road-weary Wizards fought back to within two on Kevin Seraphin's jumper with 6:57 left.
Millsap's putback put Utah up by seven, but the Wizards came back again as Utah went cold. Millsap's 14-foot baseline jumper with 21 seconds left halted a nearly 3-minute scoreless stretch for the Jazz and bumped their lead to 90-84.
Millsap added two blocks and three steals. He led six Jazz players in double figures.
Early on, the Wizards looked like a team ready to take an early flight home after a five-game road trip. They were shooting 23.8 percent after the first quarter, compared to 63.2 percent for the Jazz.
Utah, however, has a history of blowing leads and Wednesday was no different.
Gordon Hayward's three-point play put Utah up 47-25 with 5:58 left in the second.
Utah used a 22-6 run to open the second quarter, with the Jazz depth showing.
Enes Kanter made his first four shots for a 10-point quarter and Hayward attacked the rim with some fancy dribbling and footwork. He also made his first four shots.
The Wizards scored just six points in the first 6 minutes of the second. But the Jazz left the door open, shooting 1 for 11 over the final 6 minutes of the period. They still led 52-38 thanks to a 32-18 advantage on points in the paint.
Utah took a 73-58 lead into the fourth but the Wizards opened on a 14-2 run, capped by Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer with 8:57 left.
Millsap, frequently the subject of trade speculation, took over in the fourth.
He drew a charge from Wall and had a key steal against Nene with 3:24 left that resulted in a clear-path foul for Hayward, who sank both free throws.
Bradley Beal's basket off Utah's 14th turnover pulled Washington to 88-84 with 1:10 left.
NOTES: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was in attendance, sitting next to Jazz President Randy Rigby. ... Kanter finished 4 of 4 and is 14 of 15 over Utah's last four games.
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