Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Monday, November 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 18th

Magic 88

(1-10, 1-4 away)

Jazz 90


Coverage: FSRM

7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2003

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
ORL 25 25 21 1788
UTAH 25 20 24 2190

Top Performers

Orlando: T. McGrady 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Utah: A. Kirilenko 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Three Jazz players record double-doubles

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Orlando Magic will try to reverse the NBA's worst start of the season with a new coach.

The Magic fired coach Doc Rivers after Orlando's 10th straight loss, a 90-88 setback at Utah on Monday, and replaced him with assistant Johnny Davis.

Rivers said early Tuesday that he had no hard feelings toward the organization that gave him his first coaching job.

"Maybe the players need to hear another a voice," Rivers told The Associated Press from his hotel room.

Nothing has gone right for Orlando since winning the season opener last month. On Monday, the Magic outshot Utah, led by as much as 13 points and had a potential game-winning shot in their best player's hands just before the buzzer.

And they still lost.

"We're going to get out of it. I'm positive we will," said Orlando forward Juwan Howard, who had 21 points.

Rivers said after the game he'd prefer to be judged on his three straight playoff appearances rather than this season's start. But he added he knows the business after 13 seasons in the league.

The Jazz, meanwhile, continued with a different kind of surprise in what was expected to be a long rebuilding. After losing three of four on the road, Utah rallied to stay unbeaten at home despite going just 32-for-88 from the floor -- the Jazz's worst shooting performance of the season.

The biggest difference was in rebounds, where the Jazz held a 52-31 edge, pulling down 23 offensive rebounds to compensate for the cold shooting.

"We've always been a pretty good rebounding team," said Greg Ostertag, one of three Jazz players to finish with a double-double. "We're going to have to crash the boards on both ends this year. That's going to be a big key to all our wins."

Andrei Kirilenko scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, Matt Harpring had 14 points and 19 rebounds, and Ostertag had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Arroyo had 16 points and five assists, and DeShawn Stevenson scored 10. All of Utah's starters scored in double figures.

It was good that the Jazz starters came through, because none of the Utah reserves scored more than four points.

"We really had a difficult time. But fortunately, we won the ballgame," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Orlando had opportunities to say the same thing.

Tracy McGrady finished with 29 points to lead the Magic and had a chance to tie it and another to win it in the final minute, but couldn't convert on either.

"Sooner or later we will break this streak," said McGrady, who had three points on four shots in the final quarter.

The last was a 3-pointer just before the buzzer that would have won it, but was way off.

McGrady also had a chance to tie it after Arroyo missed two free throws with 14.4 seconds to go and the Jazz up 90-88, but instead of shooting passed it to Derrick Dial, who was just picked up Sunday and bounced a baseline jumper high off the rim and over the backboard.

"We played extremely well, but in the fourth quarter, we have to do a better job," McGrady said. I missed a couple of big shots."

Game notes

Gordon Giricek, who hadn't played since the second game of the season because of a strained right arch, was 4-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line for 21 points. ... Utah's Raja Bell got a technical foul with 7:07 left in the second quarter when he thought he was fouled by McGrady. ... Harpring's 19 rebounds were a career high, topping his previous best by six.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 88 90
FGM-FGA 30-70 (.429) 32-88 (.364)
3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 0-3 (.000)
FTM-FTA 25-33 (.758) 26-33 (.788)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-31 23-52
Assists 16 21
Turnovers 11 11
Steals 6 6
Blocks 7 7
Fast Break Points 4 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (0/0) 22 (1/0)

Top Performers

Tracy McGrady McGrady
Points: 29
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
Points: 25
Reb: 10
Ast: 3
Stl: 3
Blk: 1