Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Monday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 19th

Jazz 90


Magic 98

(13-14, 7-4 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:30 PM ET, December 19, 2001

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 19 13 29 2990
    ORL 22 15 22 3998

    Top Performers

    Utah: D. Marshall 24 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Orlando: D. Armstrong 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Wounded Magic prevail without All-Stars

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic are returning to the days of "Heart and Hustle."

    Despite missing All-Stars Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady, the Magic beat the Utah Jazz 98-90 on Wednesday night as Darrell Armstrong had 24 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

    Winning without stars is nothing new for the Magic. Two seasons ago, Orlando had a roster of lightly regarded role players, but with a motto of "Heart and Hustle" the team won 41 games and narrowly missed the playoffs.

    "This was a great character win for our basketball team," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "It was only one win, but for our guys and the stuff that we have been through these past few days, you couldn't ask for anything more."

    Hill underwent season-ending ankle surgery Wednesday, while McGrady was in Atlanta having his back looked at by a specialist. McGrady is expected to be out through the weekend.

    "Like Doc told us before the game, this is not a time for us to hang our heads, but for guys to step up," said Pat Garrity, who had 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. "In this league, it's all about opportunities and you have to go out and seize them."

    Karl Malone led Utah with 28 points, and Donyell Marshall had 24 points and a season-high 20 rebounds. The loss kept the Jazz from reaching the .500 mark for the first time this season.

    The fact that Orlando was without Hill and McGrady bothered Utah coach Jerry Sloan from the beginning.

    "Those are the toughest games to play because they're not expected to play well, and they play a lot more free and easy," Sloan said.

    With the score tied at 83, Troy Hudson's line-drive jumper from the left baseline with 2:42 remaining gave Orlando the lead for good.

    Andrei Kirilenko hit a free throw 24 seconds later to bring the Jazz to 85-84. But Garrity's jumper from the right wing -- after he created space by knocking over Malone -- put the Magic up by three.

    Again, Utah climbed within one when John Crotty hit a pair of free throws following an offensive rebound with 1:49 to play.

    However, Garrity's 3-pointer off a pick-and-roll with Armstrong gave Orlando a 90-86 lead with 43 seconds left. In the final quarter, Garrity made 5 of 6 shots, including all three 3-point tries.

    Armstrong and Hudson both were perfect on four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

    Game notes
    The last time Utah opened a season so poorly was 1987-88, when it also had 12 wins in its first 26 games. ... Replacing McGrady in the starting lineup was forward Monty Williams, with Miller moving to guard. It was Williams' first start in two seasons. Also, Andrew DeClercq replaced rookie Steven Hunter as the Magic's starting center. ... Utah still leads the series 18-9, but is only 8-6 in Orlando. ... Jazz center John Amaechi received a nice round of applause when he checked in late in the second quarter. He played the last two seasons with Orlando before signing a four-year free-agent contract with Utah in July.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 98
    FGM-FGA 31-77 (.403) 37-84 (.440)
    3PM-3PA 1-7 (.143) 9-18 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 27-32 (.844) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-44 16-41
    Assists 21 23
    Turnovers 18 16
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 12 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 24
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Darrell Armstrong Armstrong
    Points: 24
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0