Thursday, January 27 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Cole Anthony scored 10 of his career-best 33 points in the fourth quarter and keyed a game-closing 24-11 run that helped the Orlando Magic past the Utah Jazz 107-100 on Sunday night.

Trailing by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and trailing 89-81 with eight minutes remaining, Anthony heated up and got plenty of help from R.J. Hampton and Wendell Carter Jr. as the Magic ended a two-game losing streak. Orlando also snapped a five-game skid against the Jazz that dated back three seasons.

Carter had a season-best 22 points and 15 rebounds. Hampton scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter. Hampton’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play put Orlando ahead 105-100 and all but sealed the victory.

Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points, and Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 15 rebounds. Royce O’Neal chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.

Trailing 28-15 after one quarter and by 15 points seconds into the second, Utah seemed to have control of the game.

Anthony made 13 of 20 shots and five of 10 3-pointers for the Magic, which won at home for the first time in five games this season.

Utah was playing less than 24 hours after losing 118-115 in Miami. The Jazz had to expend plenty of energy in that game, rallying from 19 down in the final five minutes and losing only after Mitchell missed a potential tying 3-pointer.

Utah missed 18 of its first 20 3-point shots and fell in an early 15-point hole. It still rallied to grab a 52-50 halftimes lead.

ROOKIE WOES

One of the strengths that made Suggs so appealing to the Magic as the No. 5 draft pick and an opening-night starter was his polish offensively. However, Suggs has had a tough time on the offensive end so far in his first NBA season.

The 6-foot-4 guard came into Sunday shooting just 31% from the floor and only 22.8% from 3-point range while ranking fourth on the Magic in scoring (12.7 ppg.). He has made more than one 3-pointer in just two games. Head coach Jamahl Mosley said he is not worried about the 20-year-old’s progress.

”I think it’s just a matter of time,” Mosley said. ”He’s putting the work in and I keep telling everyone about his mindset, and what he’s seeing out there on the court. He’s recognizing the things before they are happening. Now, it’s just a matter of slowing them down for his body to catch up.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah missed its first five 3-points shots and missed on 15 of its first 16 tries. . Utah rested 34-year-old point guard Mike Conley on the second night of a back-to-back. Conley had 18 points and seven assists in 32 minutes a night earlier in Miami. Said coach Quin Snyder: ”We just feel like with his health and back-to-backs, he played a couple of more minutes more than usual, so we’ve been conscious of that. We want to make sure he’s at his best when it counts.”

Magic: Orlando made its first six shots, three of them 3-pointers. . Anthony was a late addition to the injury report because of a sore ankle, but he started as usual. He came in averaging 21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in his previous six games. . Mosley said his squad spent a big portion of Saturday’s practice trying to correct the errors that led to nine fourth-quarter turnovers on Friday. ”We watched it and then we go on the court and go through the situations that we found ourselves in,” he said. ”For a young team to grow, you have to see it and then physically put yourself through it.”

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Magic: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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