Jefferson scores 31 to lift Jazz over Magic 87-81

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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Utah also held a huge advantage on points in the paint (30-14) in the first half, with Jefferson and Paul Millsap doing much of the damage.

Jefferson had six points, seven rebounds and an assist in the first quarter. Millsap, meanwhile, had surpassed his season average (13.9 points) by halftime, with 11 of his 16 first-half points coming in the second quarter when he shot 4 of 6. He also had three blocks, a pair of assists and a steal in the half.

Despite the mistakes, the Magic pulled within five in the second quarter on a layup by Andrew Nicholson. But the Jazz went on an 11-4 run, with backup point guard Earl Watson and Millsap pushing the pace. Millsap scored seven straight points for Utah and Marvin Williams capped the run with a layup off a nice pass from Jefferson.

The Jazz led by as many as 14 late in the second quarter and held a 45-34 lead at the break — the 34 points being an opponent first-half season low for Utah.

Utah got an early boost from Williams, back in the starting lineup after missing the previous three games with concussion-like symptoms. He had been averaging 10.4 points a game and finished with eight.

NOTES: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups received a warning from the NBA on Wednesday about flopping for a call late in Monday's game against the Jazz when he kicked out his feet on a 3-pointer and drew a foul from Mo Williams. Billups sank two of three free throws with 1:14 left in an eventual one-point Jazz loss. "It does us a lot of good now, the game's over," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "I thought we might have been right; we were right." ... Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was drafted in the first round (No. 27) by the Jazz in 1997. He played in 224 games with the Jazz during his first four seasons. ... Jazz shot-blocking specialist Derrick Favors missed his third straight game because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. ... Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward went 0 for 6.



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