Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Wednesday, December 18th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 12th

Magic 97

(14-13, 6-10 away)

Jazz 90


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, December 18, 2002

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 25 19 29 2497
    UTAH 29 23 20 1890

    Top Performers

    Orl: P. Garrity 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    UTAH: C. Cheaney 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Hill hopes to play Friday

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Orlando Magic avoided falling below .500 for the first time this season despite playing without Grant Hill for the entire game and Tracy McGrady for half of it.

    Hill rested his sore ankle and McGrady sat out the second half with a bruised back as the Magic held off the Utah Jazz 97-90 Wednesday night.

    Pat Garrity scored 24 points and Shawn Kemp had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Magic snapped a two-game losing streak.

    "I told you we could do it, even without T-Mac," said Mike Miller, who had 16 points.

    McGrady's injury kept him out of all but two minutes of the second half in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday. He sat out a loss at Phoenix the next night.

    "That's a big win for us. We were just searching for combinations," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "We had a game similar in Phoenix and we didn't come through. Tonight we made big plays."

    Hill decided after warming up to give his ankle a rest.

    "I'm just glad we got a win," said Hill, who hopes to play Friday when the Magic visit Denver. "I tried to give it a go, but the big picture is the biggest thing."

    Darrell Armstrong also scored 16 points with 11 assists and four steals, including one in the final minute that ended the Jazz's last chance at a comeback.

    Utah had 23 turnovers in its fourth straight loss and opens a four-game road trip Friday at Dallas, which has the best record in the league.

    "We've got to end this streak. This is bad," said Matt Harpring, who had 17 points. "We've got to find a way to do something."

    Andrei Kirilenko also scored 17 for Utah and Karl Malone and Calbert Cheaney both scored 15. Malone also had 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who fell to .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.

    "They came out in the second half with the idea they were going to win the game," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They played hard, made a couple of 3-point shots because they were into it and we couldn't get into any kind of rhythm."

    The Magic trailed all of the first half, then with McGrady on the bench, started moving the ball around more in the third quarter. They pulled to 62-60 on a three-point play by Kemp, then Orlando's Jeryl Sasser made a steal and tied it with two free throws after he was fouled by Greg Ostertag. Sasser gave Orlando its first lead with another steal and a layup that put the Magic up 64-62 midway through the third quarter.

    Orlando was 11-for-18 from the floor while outscoring Utah 29-20 in the third.

    The Jazz stayed within five points through the fourth and made one final charge in the last minute, but Armstrong held them off. He hit a 3-pointer that put the Magic up 91-85. After a 3-pointer by Cheaney, Armstrong hit another long jumper with 37.5 seconds to go, then stole the ball from Stockton on the Jazz's next possession.

    Garrity topped his previous season high of 21 points, which he had Monday night in a loss at Phoenix. He was 6-for-10 Wednesday and 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

    Game notes
    The Jazz hit their first four shots while opening the game with a 10-2 run. Hapring made a pair of 3-pointers and Cheaney hit two long jumpers. ... Orlando rookie Ryan Humphrey was playing against the team that drafted him. The Jazz dealt Humphrey to the Magic in exchange for the rights to center Curtis Borchardt and a second-round draft pick. Humphrey missed his only shot and had one rebound in 10 minutes. Borchardt has been on the injured list all season recovering from foot surgery. ... The Magic hit half their shots (10-for-20) but still trailed 29-25 at the end of the first quarter. ... Tony Massenburg, signed Sunday to replace injured center Jarron Collins, made his Jazz debut with four points in five minutes. Utah is Massenburg's 10th NBA team.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 90
    FGM-FGA 33-71 (.465) 32-71 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 8-16 (.500) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 23-27 (.852) 22-26 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-28 11-44
    Assists 18 25
    Turnovers 16 24
    Steals 13 9
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 4 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Pat Garrity Garrity
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Calbert Cheaney Cheaney
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1