Jazz Edge Magic
By John Denton
July 11, 2012
ORLANDO –The Utah Jazz held the rookie-heavy Orlando Magic to 36.5 percent shooting from the floor and got 15 points from guard Alec Burks in a 79-75 victory Wednesday in summer league action.
Burks, who scored 31 points on Tuesday, made just five of 11 shots, but sparked the Jazz (2-1) early in the game with his ability to score off the dribble.
Utah got 12 points and 12 rebounds from center Enes Kanter. Jeremy Evans added 13 points and nine rebounds.
The AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League runs through Friday with four games each day at the Amway Center practice court. The event is closed to the public because of space reasons, but it is being televised by NBA TV. The league is designed primarily for rookies, young NBA players and undrafted free agents looking to earn invites to training camp in October.
With no player on the summer league roster with extensive NBA experience, the Magic (1-2) have struggled to find much consistency since defeating Brooklyn on Monday. The Magic were within 22-19 after a quarter on Wednesday, but fell off the pace because of their inability to make jump shots.
Andrew Nicholson, the Magic’s first-round draft pick, scored 16 points in his second strong outing of the week. Nicholson had a strong start to the game with eight points in the first half.
Double-teamed much of Tuesday’s game after scoring 24 points in Monday’s NBA debut, Nicholson was more decisive with his moves on Wednesday and attacked the defense.
Maalik Wayns, who was disappointed after going undrafted, had another strong showing with 16 points.
Jazz Edge Magic