"They came out in the second half with the idea they were going
to win the game," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They played hard,
made a couple of 3-point shots because they were into it and we
couldn't get into any kind of rhythm."
The Magic trailed all of the first half, then with McGrady on
the bench, started moving the ball around more in the third
quarter. They pulled to 62-60 on a three-point play by Kemp, then
Orlando's Jeryl Sasser made a steal and tied it with two free
throws after he was fouled by Greg Ostertag. Sasser gave Orlando
its first lead with another steal and a layup that put the Magic up
64-62 midway through the third quarter.
Orlando was 11-for-18 from the floor while outscoring Utah 29-20
in the third.
The Jazz stayed within five points through the fourth and made
one final charge in the last minute, but Armstrong held them off.
He hit a 3-pointer that put the Magic up 91-85. After a 3-pointer
by Cheaney, Armstrong hit another long jumper with 37.5 seconds to
go, then stole the ball from Stockton on the Jazz's next
Garrity topped his previous season high of 21 points, which he
had Monday night in a loss at Phoenix. He was 6-for-10 Wednesday
and 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
Game notes The Jazz hit their first four shots while opening the game
with a 10-2 run. Hapring made a pair of 3-pointers and Cheaney hit
two long jumpers. ... Orlando rookie Ryan Humphrey was playing
against the team that drafted him. The Jazz dealt Humphrey to the
Magic in exchange for the rights to center Curtis Borchardt and a
second-round draft pick. Humphrey missed his only shot and had one
rebound in 10 minutes. Borchardt has been on the injured list all
season recovering from foot surgery. ... The Magic hit half their
shots (10-for-20) but still trailed 29-25 at the end of the first
quarter. ... Tony Massenburg, signed Sunday to replace injured
center Jarron Collins, made his Jazz debut with four points in five
minutes. Utah is Massenburg's 10th NBA team.