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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Just as he did at Michigan as the consensus national player of the year, Burke showed he's not afraid to take the big shot with two 3-pointers in the final three minutes.

"It's a shot I work on a lot, specifically in that corner, and it fell for me," Burke said.

Oladipo, meanwhile, also struggled with his shot, going 5 for 14. But had a far better performance than his three points while shooting a season-worst 1 of 12 in the 86-82 loss at Orlando in this season's first matchup on Dec. 18.

"Trey made a tough shot at the end but I did a great job of contesting it. He's been big with big shots like that for a long time," Oladipo said. "We both are going to continue to get better. There's definitely going to be more interesting games down the road in our careers."

The Magic are 4-23 against Western Conference teams, including 0-14 on the road.

Jefferson made four 3-pointers and had 17 points in the first quarter to spark the Jazz to lead by as many as 14 points in the first half before the Magic cut it to 49-43 at halftime.

The Jazz have won seven in a row against the Magic, one of the few teams they can consistently beat these days. Orlando came along just at the right time for the Jazz, who had dropped 11 of 12, including six straight by an average of 14.0 points.

The teams' ineptitude was on full display even as the game was up for grabs. During a five-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters, the teams combined for 12 empty offensive possessions.

Jameer Nelson rested his sore left knee for the second straight game, giving Oladipo more opportunity to play. But the Magic were absent one more playmaker when they needed to make just one more play.

Notes: The Jazz honored the franchise's first playoff team, which featured scorers Adrian Dantley and Darrell Griffith, Rickey Green and shot blocker Mark Eaton. The 1983-84 squad won Utah's first division title and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals after years of futility. ... Utah's Alec Burks missed the game with a sprained left ankle. The third-year guard is averaging 13.8 points, second on the team.