NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Utah
(Monday, March 6th)
Final Score: Utah 90, Orlando 85
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Andrei Kirilenko netted 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds, dished off five assists and swatted six shots to lead Utah to a 90-85 win over Orlando at the Delta Center.
Mehmet Okur added a game-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds for the Jazz, who won for the second time in three games. Rookie Deron Williams tallied 15 points while Jarron Collins added 12 in the win.
Dwight Howard contributed a double-double for the Magic with 18 points and 14 boards. Carlos Arroyo and DeShawn Stevenson both donated 14 points for Orlando, which lost for the 13th consecutive time on the road.
Jameer Nelson and Keyon Dooling each contributed 10 points in the loss, Orlando's sixth straight overall and 14th in 15 contests.
Down by 15 entering the fourth quarter, Orlando jumped back into the game by scoring 12 of first 14 points in the stanza.
Arroyo highlighted the spurt with a pair of jumpers and Howard capped it with an emphatic slam to make it 80-75 with just under eight minutes left.
Milt Palacio made 1-of-2 from the stripe to stop the bleeding momentarily but the Magic kept whittling away at the lead. Stevenson buried a pair from the line and Nelson connected on back-to-back jumpers to deadlock things at 81 with 3:21 remaining.
Okur and Kirilenko both stroked a pair from the line to put the Jazz back on top, 85-81, with 1:05 on the clock.
Fourteen seconds later, Stevenson cut the lead in half by draining a jumper. Nelson then came up with a huge steal and a lay-in to tie things at 85 with 28 ticks left.
Stevenson then fouled Kirilenko with 18 seconds left and the Russian native calmly drained both from the line.
Nelson tried to tie the game by driving to the hoop, but Kirilenko arrived from the weak side and swatted the former Saint Joseph's star's shot away with only seven seconds on the clock.
Utah then managed to hit its free throws in the waning seconds to secure the victory.
Utah built a 10-point advantage, 25-15, after the first 12 minutes of play and kept the same cushion, 47-37, until intermission.
Okur paced Utah with 13 points at the half while Howard totaled nine for Orlando.
The Jazz continued to play well through the third quarter and built a 78-63 edge heading to the final frame.
Howard collected his 44th double-double of the season...The Magic are 6-26 as the visitor this season. Orlando's last win away from home was on January 26th at Philadelphia...Utah is 15-15 at the Delta Center this season...Orlando has lost eight of its last 10 at Utah.
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