Grades: Utah Jazz 86, Orlando Magic 82 | Magic Basketball



Dec 19

Grades: Utah Jazz 86, Orlando Magic 82

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Utah Jazz 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
82 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 BLK | 14 REB | 14 PTS | -1

It’s rare to see Vucevic have an inefficient shooting night, but that’s what happened against the Jazz. He shot 4-for-12 from the rim, and Derrick Favors deserves a lot of credit for making it difficult for Vucevic to score in the paint by blocking several of his shots and altering a few others. Favors’ length bothered Vucevic more than anything else.

Jameer Nelson
5-12 FG | 3-7 3P | 5 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +15

There were two major storylines in this game and Nelson was involved in both of them. First, he got torched defensively by Trey Burke. Second, with the Magic trailing 84-82 with 10 seconds left, Nelson missed a game-tying layup — credit goes to Favors for altering the trajectory of Nelson’s shot by forcing him to toss it a bit higher off the glass than normal.

Tobias Harris
5-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -6

Starting at small forward in place of Arron Afflalo (illness), Harris got extended minutes and picked up his first double-double of the season. But he did have his struggles offensively. Like Vucevic, Harris had a lot of trouble finishing at the rim due to the length of the Jazz defenders. Harris did have moderate success scoring on the perimeter, though.

Glen Davis
5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 BLK | 4 REB | 12 PTS | +4

Davis had a quiet performance, in part because he didn’t get a lot of playing time. Orlando had the most success against Utah when playing the lineup of Nelson-Moore-Harkless-Nicholson-Vucevic. That’s partly because Nicholson can space the floor better at the power forward position. But Davis played in crunch time and acquitted himself nicely by making a fadeaway jumper and a pair of free throws, though it wasn’t enough.

Utah Jazz

Coming off a poor performance (season-low three points on 1-for-8 shooting) against the Miami Heat on Monday, Burke bounced back in a big way by scoring a career-high 30 points (12-for-20). It was the most points scored by a rookie this season. Burke blitzed the Magic in the pick-and-roll, which is where he did most of his damage on offense, and completely outshone Victor Oladipo.