ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jameer Nelson scored 25 points, four in
overtime, and added nine assists as the Orlando Magic beat the Utah
Jazz 114-108 Wednesday night.
Nelson made a 20-foot jumper from the corner with 27 seconds
left that put Orlando up 110-107. Dwight Howard, who had 16 points
and 11 rebounds, followed with a pair of free throws to extend the
lead to 112-107 with 11 seconds to play.
Utah, which missed its last four shots from the field after
leading 107-106 in overtime, got 30 points and 11 rebounds from
Mehmet Okur. Carlos Boozer, starting for the first time this
season, also scored 30 and had 10 rebounds.
The Magic started the fourth quarter with a 78-74 lead, but Utah
tied the game at 96 when Boozer converted one of two free throws
with 1:57 left in regulation.
It was still tied at 99 when Utah turned the ball over with 11
seconds left. Nelson tried a 20-footer that rimmed in-and-out at
the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
The Magic shot 54.5 percent in the first half to just 34 percent
for Utah and outrebounded the Jazz 21-17, but led only 45-44 at
halftime. Orlando was up by as many as 13 points in the second
period, but nearly gave it all away with turnovers.
Utah forced 13 turnovers and turned that into 17 points to crawl
back in the game. Boozer had 10 points in the second quarter and
Matt Harpring nine as the Jazz consistently beat the Magic inside
for easy baskets.
The Jazz took their first lead, 62-61, on a fallaway jumper by
Okur with 5:57 left in the third quarter, but the Magic responded
with an 11-2 run.
Newcomer Darko Milicic tied his career high with five
blocks. That gives him 29 in 12 games for Orlando. He had only 15
in 25 games with Detroit. ... Utah has had 13 different starting
lineups this season. Thirteen of the 15 players on the Jazz roster
have started at least one game this season. ... Utah got only five
points on 1-of-14 shooting from its bench. Keith McLeod was the
only Jazz reserve to score. ... Greg Ostertag and Kris Humphries
were place on the inactive list by Utah.