NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Utah
(Wednesday, December 8th)
Final Score: Orlando 106, Utah 100
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Cuttino Mobley buried a clutch three- pointer down the stretch and finished with 26 points, leading the Orlando Magic to a 106-100 win over the Utah Jazz.
Steve Francis scored 20 points and Grant Hill added 18 for Orlando, which has won four of its last five games. Rookie Dwight Howard, who turned 19 on Wednesday, ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu also netted 17 points in the win.
"It was a nice win tonight," Howard said. "I'm just trying to do my best."
Carlos Boozer paced Utah with a game-high 29 points and 12 boards. Matt Harpring had 16 points and Mehmet Okur chipped in 15 for the Jazz, losers of six straight.
The fourth quarter was tightly contested and the Magic grabbed some breathing room at 93-89 on a Turkoglu layup with five minutes left. Utah would pull within one point at 99-98 on Okur's three with 1:19 remaining.
After a costly Carlos Arroyo turnover with less than a minute to go, Orlando claimed a 102-98 advantage on Mobley's three-pointer with 21.3 seconds left in the game. The Magic then sealed the win from the line and posted its third consecutive win versus Utah.
"He hit some big shots and was the catalyst for the win," Howard said of Mobley.
Utah led by a 34-26 score after 12 minutes of play. The Magic outscored the Jazz 29-23 in the second quarter, but headed to the break down 57-55. Orlando outscored the Jazz 31-26 in the third quarter and carried an 86-83 lead into the final stanza.
Orlando has won five of the last seven meetings with the Jazz...The Magic improved to 6-2 versus the Western Conference this season...Arroyo finished with 14 points and Raja Bell contributed 10 in the loss...Utah has lost six in a row for the first time since the 1999-2000 season...Mobley, who had 16 points in the third quarter, was 7-for-9 from beyond the arc...Utah has lost its last three at home.
12/08 23:49:50 ET