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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rookie guard Trey Burke scored a career-high 30 points to lead his Utah Jazz to an 86-82 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Amway Center.

Burke, the No. 9 pick of the draft, hit 12 of 20 shots and added eight assists and seven rebounds to complete the best game of his budding career. He was coming off a 1-of-8 shooting performance Monday in Miami.

Guard Gordon Hayward had 15 points and seven assists, including a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the victory. Center Derrick Favors had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz (7-21).

The Magic (8-18) were without leading scorer Arron Afflalo, who was ill and missed his first game of the season. Without him, they struggled to score, hitting just 28 of 86 shots (32.6 percent).

Guard Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 17 points. Center Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Forward Tobias Harris, in his first start of the season after missing 21 games with an ankle injury, had 14 points.

The Jazz never lost the lead after Burke hit a short jumper with 3:45 remaining for the 80-78 advantage. The Jazz committed two turnovers in the final minute, but the Magic failed to capitalize.

The Magic opened the fourth quarter with a 14-1 run and built a 76-69 lead. The burst included eight points from reserve guard E'Twaun Moore in the first five minutes. The Jazz retook the lead with a 9-0 run.

The Magic led briefly in the third period -- getting a pair of 3-pointers from Nelson -- after erasing Utah's 10-point halftime lead, but they could not sustain it. Burke continued his early hot shooting and brought the Jazz back in front, 68-62, before the fourth quarter began.

Burke had 16 points and four assists by halftime, leading the Jazz to a 49-39 lead thanks to a trio of 3-pointers.

The Jazz also received an early burst from reserve guard Alec Burks, who had a career-high 31 points Monday in Miami. He made four of his five shots for 12 points and four rebounds in the first half. The Magic hit just 15 of 46 shots (32.6 percent) in that first half and missed their last eight.

NOTES: The Magic were without leading scorer Arron Afflalo, who was sick and put on the inactive list. Afflalo was the only player to start each of Orlando's previous 25 games. ... The Jazz won their previous five meetings with the Magic, including the last two in Orlando. ... Close friends and starting rookie guards Trey Burke of the Jazz and Victor Oladipo of the Magic met for the first time as NBA players. They played against each other four times in college, with Oladipo's Indiana team earning three wins against Burke's Michigan team. ... Wednesday's game in Orlando was the second stop on Utah's annual pre-Christmas road trip that this year started in Miami and also will include games in Atlanta (Friday), Charlotte (Saturday) and Memphis (Monday), covering 4,684 miles.
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