For the second game in a row, it was close but no cigar for the Orlando Magic. Following a 93-90 loss at the hands of the Toronto Raptors on Friday, the Utah Jazz defeated them 97-93 on Sunday night at the Amway Center.
"Turnovers are always going to hurt," Magic forward Nikola Vucevic said. "You're missing an offensive chance to score. We had a lot of them."
Utah (15-14) had six players reach double figures in points, including Paul Millsap, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Gordon Hayward notched 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors had 12 points apiece, with Jefferson adding nine rebounds. Jamaal Tinsley finished with 11 points and Randy Foye totaled 10.
The Magic (12-15) got 20 points from Arron Afflalo, 16 points and 16 rebounds from Vucevic, 14 points and nine assists from Jameer Nelson, 14 points from J.J. Redick, and nine points and 12 boards from Gustavo Ayon.
Orlando made 38 of 76 (50.0%) shots compared to 36 of 83 (43.4%) for the Jazz. The Magic were 9 of 20 (45.0%) from 3-point range, while Utah was 7 of 18 (38.9%). The Jazz scored 22 points off 20 Magic turnovers, whereas Utah's 12 turnovers resulted in just eight points for Orlando.
The Magic beat the Jazz 30-18 in the first quarter, but lost the second quarter 28-17. After outscoring Utah 26-25 in the third frame, the hosts were outscored 26-20 in the fourth period.
"I think it's pretty simple," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "You outrebound a team, you shoot 50 percent from the field, make nine 3s, have 20 turnovers for 22 points. The game is really that simple."
Orlando hosts New Orleans on Wednesday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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