|Date of game: 12/5/2014
Recap: Utah vs. Orlando
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Tobias Harris had 22 points and seven rebounds as the Orlando Magic defeated the Utah Jazz 98-93 on Friday night.
Victor Oladipo posted 20 points and six assists for the Magic, who had dropped six of their last seven games coming in.
"They were searching for a win and we were also, so it boiled down to us playing together and being extremely tough down the stretch," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Orlando starting center Nik Vucevic didn't play due to back spasms.
Derrick Favors provided 21 points and 13 boards, while Trey Burke added 13 points and 11 helpers for Utah, which has lost eight in a row.
"We kept missing shots ... that's all," Favors said.
Rodney Hood's 3-pointer with 8:26 remaining cut the Utah gap to 75-72, but Harris nailed a triple to finish off an ensuing 7-2 Orlando sprint to up the cushion to 82-74 midway through the final frame.
Steve Novak was fouled by Evan Fournier while going for a rebound after Harris split a pair of foul shots, but Novak missed both free throws at the other end and the Jazz trailed 96-91 with 12.5 seconds left.
Fournier sunk two bonus shots with 10.1 ticks on the clock to seal the outcome.
The Magic led 24-21 following a quarter of play and were up 33-32 prior to the midway point of the second before Orlando ripped off an 11-2 run to provide them a comfortable margin.
Oladipo netted six points during the surge, which was capped on a Fournier 3- pointer for a 44-34 cushion late in the opening half.
Oladipo's triple in the final 10 seconds helped Orlando take a 53-41 spread into the locker room.
The Magic built their bulge as high as 17 early in the third when Kyle O'Quinn's three-point play made it 65-48, but Trevor Booker's layup capped a 12-2 Utah swing which pulled it within 67-60 with 4:27 to go in the third.
Orlando took a 71-64 advantage into the fourth.Game Notes
Orlando had lost seven times in a row in the series between the teams ... The
Magic had dropped seven consecutive games and 27-of-32 when Vucevic doesn't
play coming in ... The Magic turned the ball over just nine times and made 7-
of-17 from beyond the arc.