Jazz rally past Magic
ORLANDO -- The Utah Jazz defeated the Orlando Magic 92-84 evening both team's records at 2-2 in the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League early Thursday evening at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Fla.
This game was fully in control of the Magic through the first three quarters, as the Magic took a 49-35 lead into the locker room at halftime and they built their largest lead of 23 in the third quarter. Utah was staring straight up at a 21-point deficit heading into the final quarter with the score 72-51, but Utah immediately started to chip away and gain the momentum.
The Jazz came out of the gates to start the fourth with a 20-7 run before Ryan Anderson hit one of his five 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter. Utah continued to chip away at the Orlando lead, cutting it to three with less than 30 seconds remaining and then to one when Jeremy Richardson was stripped on his shot and the Jazz hit a lay up on a fast break at the other end.
Russell Robinson was then fouled with 19.3 seconds and hit both free throws, to extend the Magic lead back to three, but that lead quickly evaporated as Utah's Derrick Brown hit a running lay up and was fouled by Richard Hendrix as well, hitting his free throw to tie the game with 14.4 seconds to play. The Magic then failed to score, which sent the game to overtime after scoring only 12 points in the final quarter, being outscored 33-12 in the fourth.
The overtime period went just like the end of the fourth quarter, with the Magic going completely cold from the field, failing to score in the three-minute overtime period. The Jazz scored all eight of their points in overtime on free throws, led by four from Kevin Kruger.
The Jazz were led by Brown, who contributed 25 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes. Kruger (16), Wes Matthews (15) and Josh Duncan (11) rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Jazz, with Michigan State product Goran Suton leading Utah with 10 boards.
Anderson continued to impress and pace the Magic, leading Orlando with 26 points (9-for-16 FG; 5-for-10 3FG) seven rebounds and two blocks. Three other players joined Anderson with double-digit scoring, led by Russell Robinson's 17 points, followed by Jeremy Richardson adding 16 and Kasib Powell with 13.
Returning to the court tomorrow, the Jazz will play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first game on the slate, beginning at 11 a.m., while the Magic will take on the Indiana Pacers in the final game of the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League at approximately 3 p.m.