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ORLANDO -- Paul Millsap scored 18 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 97-93 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at the Amway Arena.

Reserve Gordon Hayward had 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors each had 12 for the Jazz (15-14).

The Magic (12-15) got 20 points from Arron Afflalo, while Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Orlando shot 50 percent (38-for-76) from the field, but it struggled with sloppy ball-handling, committing 19 turnovers.

The Jazz got back-to-back 3-pointers from Jamaal Tinsley and Randy Foye to take a 91-87 lead with 2:19 remaining. They never lost the lead again, even though the score stayed close to the end.

Magic forward Gustavo Ayon, who started for the first time this season, missed two free throws with two seconds remaining that could have tied the game at 95.

The Jazz opened a 78-73 lead, their biggest of the game, by scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter. The Magic tied the game at 82 on a 3-point basket by Jameer Nelson (14 points, nine assists). The last Magic lead was 87-85 after J.J. Redick scored. Redick also hit a 3-pointer with 10 remaining in the game to pull the Magic within 94-93.

The Magic didn't take their first free throw of the game until midway in the third quarter.

Orlando led 47-46 at halftime, but it was not a happy locker room. The Magic opened a 34-18 lead early in the second period, but the Jazz stole that momentum by tightening their defense. Utah finished the second quarter with a 15-3 run.

Afflalo had 13 points in the first quarter, hitting six of seven shots, but he failed to score in the second, when he missed all five of his attempts.

The Magic scored 30 points in the first 12 minutes, the most they have scored in the opening period this season. They were outscored by the Jazz 28-17 in the second quarter, during which they committed seven turnovers .

The Jazz were hammered by the Heat 105-89 in Miami on Saturday.

NOTES: Magic forward Glen Davis was not wearing a sling on his sprained left shoulder, and he hinted that he might be back sooner than the four weeks that were originally projected as his rehabilitation time. "I might have superman powers and come back next week," said Davis, who was hurt Dec. 19. ... The Jazz moved veteran Tinsley into the starting lineup in place of Mo Williams, who sprained his right thumb Saturday in the first half at Miami. Williams had an MRI early Sunday. Tinsley came into the game averaging 3.1 points and five assists in only 19 minutes. . ... The Magic used their 10th different starting lineup this season. In Friday's loss at Toronto, the Magic used rookie Andrew Nicholson in place of Davis. With Nicholson and small forward Maurice Harkless playing, it was the first time since April 20, 2005, that the Magic used two rookies together in the starting lineup. The last time, it was Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. ... The Magic came into the game shooting 79.5 percent from the free-throw line, which is a great improvement after last season, when they shot only 66 percent and Howard led the team in attempts. If the Magic maintain their current pace, they would break the franchise record, which is 75.9 percent, set the season before Howard arrived.
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