The Orlando Magic let an 11-point second half lead slip away, eventually losing the Utah Jazz in overtime, 117-107.
Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 23 points and 11 assists while Al Jefferson and Devin Harris each scored 21 points to lead the Jazz.
- Orlando’s bench couldn’t get the job done, twice letting double digit leads slip away and getting Utah right back into the game.
- Orlando’s bench was awful again. They were outscored 39-10 by the Utah bench.
- The Jazz went to a big lineup, using Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Devin Harris. Every player but Harris is at least 6’8. This caused the Magic a lot of problems on the defensive end – they just didn’t have the size to match up, especially with Millsap at Small Forward.
- Without Dwight Howard, it was the same story again – the Magic can spread the ball and score, but their defense is just brutal. Head Coach Stan Van Gundy again told the media “We cannot guard anyone.”
- Utah had 62 points in the paint compared to Orlando’s 36.
- It wasn’t just Jameer Nelson getting the job done on offense – both Ryan Anderson and Jason Richardson scored 21 points. Richardson started out 5-of-5 from the field, but wound up just shooting just 8-of-17.
- Glen Davis had 17 points, but it took him 17 shots to do it. He did, however, grab 13 rebounds.
- J.J. Redick had 15 points on nine shots. He also added four rebounds and three assists.
Next Up: The Magic will be in Denver to play the Nuggets Sunday night.
Final Thought: This was a much bigger game for the Jazz than the Magic. It’s good to see the Magic play this hard, but the wins just aren’t coming.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)