Trey Burke’s 30 leads Jazz past Magic, 86-82
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
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
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
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.
With Harris starting in his place, the Magic showed for a while
that they are more than a just one-man team. They just couldn’t
figure out a way to slow down Burke.
Oladipo guarded Burke on a few possessions, but was off
offensively. He had three points on 1-for-12 shooting.
”He was just comfortable out there,” Oladipo said of Burke.
”When he’s comfortable, he’s very effective.”
Orlando trailed by six heading into the fourth quarter, but
rallied to a 76-69 lead with just under eight minutes to play. But
Utah responded with a 9-0 spurt to retake the momentum.
The Magic tied it again, but never regained the lead the rest of
Harris was 10 for 31 in four games coming into the day. He
finished a modest 5 for 14 from the field against the Jazz. But he
was a lot more active that he had been in his previous three
He got involved on the offensive end early on against the Jazz
and seemed a lot more comfortable, scoring six in the first
Harris then faltered down the stretch, like so many of his
”There were maybe one or two shots in the first half that we
talked about, we thought were forced a little bit,” Magic coach
Jacque Vaughn said. ”But besides that, I looked down and they had
good shots throughout the course of the night. I don’t think our
guys were selfish at all.”
For Utah, Burke said he hopes its effort will be something the
Jazz can build on as they continue their five-game road trip.
”That shows where this team can be in the future. We have a lot
of options,” Burke said. ”Pretty much everybody out there can put
the ball in the basket, and once we’re playing together, that’s
when we’re best with it.”
NOTES: Burke has scored at least 20 points in four games this
season. … The Jazz have now had three 30-point scorers in their
last four games.
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