Trey Burke's 30 leads Jazz past Magic, 86-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Trey Burke's last trip to Orlando was a forgettable one. He struggled through several summer league games just weeks after being selected with the No. 9 pick in the NBA draft.

This visit was a more successful experience.

Burke had a career-high 30 points and eight assists, Gordon Hayward added 15 points and the Utah Jazz held off the Orlando Magic 86-82 on Wednesday night.

Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Jameer Nelson's layup rolled off the rim and was rebounded by Utah with just 3 seconds left. Hayward then hit a pair of free throws.

The Jazz snapped a two-game losing streak and extended their win streak over the Magic to six games. Burke, who was passed over by the Magic when they grabbed Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick, said he wasn't trying to make any statement.

"That wasn't my main goal, but I definitely wanted to come out and be really aggressive today," Burke said. "For me, I'm trying to do whatever it takes for the team to win. I saw early on that my shot was falling, that I could get in the paint and get some good looks so I just tried to stay aggressive."

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he thinks his young team took a big step forward after some rough outings.

"I think the experience for this young group of guys goes a long way, to teach them how to finish games and how to stay in there," he said. "Even when we lost our lead there, they came in that fourth quarter and made some big plays for us."

The Magic lost for the sixth time in seven home games. They continue their season-long six-game homestand Saturday against Sacramento.

Nelson led Orlando with 17 points. Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Tobias Harris finished with 14 points and 10 boards, a season high after he returned recently from an ankle injury.

Burke (Michigan) and Oladipo (Indiana) were college rivals, with each getting the better of the other at times.

This one went to Burke.

Orlando played without leading scorer Arron Afflalo, who was scratched with an illness. Afflalo, who is averaging a career-high 21.6 points, had started every game this season.



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