Denton: Magic vs. Jazz Analysis (12/18/13)
By John Denton
Dec. 18, 2013
ORLANDO – Two nights after surviving when Chicago’s Luol Deng missed a point-blank layup, the Orlando Magic fell on Wednesday night when Jameer Nelson couldn’t convert on a similar runner at the rim.
Nelson’s try, a shot that was made much more difficult when Utah power forward Derrick Favors leaped high into the air to contest, was emblematic of a night full of frustration for a Magic team that couldn’t shoot straight all game.
The Magic greatly missed ill leading scorer Arron Afflalo, shot an unsightly 32.6 percent from the floor and struggled to get stops in the key moments of a perplexing 86-82 loss to the Jazz at the Amway Center.
Orlando (8-18) fell in large part because it couldn’t find much offense from anywhere on the roster with Afflalo – the team’s leading scorer and most consistent player all season – out sick. Utah (7-21) shot just 30 percent in an 18-point fourth quarter, but it still had enough to get past the sputtering Magic.
After tying the game at 78, Orlando did not have a field goal over the final 5:47 of the game. ``I missed shots, we all missed shots,’’ said frustrated Magic rookie Victor Oladipo, who made just one of his 12 tries. ``And they hit big shots. It’s the game of basketball, we’re going to have these kind of days.’’
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