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