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Jazz beat Magic on Burke's 3-pointer

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When the game is on the line, Trey Burke wants the ball.

Even if he is shooting 38 percent from the field overall this season, the Utah Jazz rookie always feels like his final shot is going in.

"I still have confidence and believe I can make the big shot," Burke said.

The rookie point guard scored 17 points, including a high-arcing 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining, to push the Jazz past the Orlando Magic 89-88 on Saturday night.

With the Jazz trailing 88-86, Gordon Hayward dribbled through the center of the Magic defense and found Burke in the corner. The decisive basket snapped Utah's six-game losing streak and extended Orlando's skid to eight games.

"I had an ugly game, turned over the ball a couple of times and felt like I really needed to make it," Burke said.

Down the stretch, the game turned into a battle between Burke and Victor Oladipo, two rookies drafted in the top 10 of last summer's draft.

Oladipo, the second selection, scored 19 points for the Magic. He made a jumper and then added two free throws with 21 seconds to play to give Orlando an 85-82 lead.

Hayward, who had 14 points, made two free throws and then assisted Derrick Favors and Burke for the game-winner, all in the final 20 seconds.

"They understood the pace. Gordon made a great pass to Trey in the corner, and he made the shot. It's great to see the young guys show a lot of character. We could have fell apart there," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Despite his overall inaccuracy, Burke is 15 for 26 from beyond the arc in the final five minutes of closely contested games (within five points) this season.

Richard Jefferson scored 17 of his 21 points in the first quarter and Favors, Enes Kanter and Diante Garrett all scored 11 for the Jazz.

Aaron Afflalo scored 19 points for the Magic. He made three free throws in the final 20 seconds but his miss with 12 seconds left opened the door for Burke.

Favors knocked the inbounds pass away after Burke's shot, leaving just 0.4 seconds on the clock. The Magic inbounded to Afflalo, who missed a desperation 26-footer that may have left his hands after the buzzer sounded anyway.

At times, it seemed neither team wanted to win. There was no exceptional defense on display but both squads struggled to hit open shots, neither topping 40 percent from the field.

Burke, who was taken ninth and had some battles with Oladipo in college, saved his best for last. He was embarrassed on a couple of Oladipo's drives to the hoop earlier in the game and made only five of his 15 shots.

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