Richard Jefferson scores 21, Jazz steal one from Magic

Automated InsightsMarch 23, 2014

The Utah Jazz slipped by the Orlando Magic, 89-88. Utah (23-47) has won just two of its last 10 games.

Richard Jefferson scored 21 points on 6-12 shooting from the field (5-8 from behind the arc) and 4-5 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Utah also got solid performances from Gordon Hayward with 14 points and 6 assists, Derrick Favors with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Enes Kanter with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Despite the loss, Victor Oladipo put up 19 points for Orlando on 5-14 shooting from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line. Arron Afflalo chipped in 18 points and 6 assists and Nikola Vucevic finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

As expected, the Magic offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the top-notch Jazz defense that ranks second in the league with a defensive efficiency of 107.4. They registered just .913 points per possession in this game, and rank 29th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 98.8 on the season. The Magic had an eFG% of just 43.7% while also posting an OR% of 15.4. They are 1-8 this season in games when they drop below 45% and 20% in those respective offensive factors. On the other hand, the Jazz are 1-0 when limiting their opponents to those numbers or worse.

Orlando (19-51) has now lost eight in a row.

Coming up next, the Jazz square off with the Detroit Pistons, who are 25-43 on the year. The Magic go up against the Los Angeles Lakers, currently 22-46 this season. The Jazz are 1-0 versus Detroit this season. The Magic have a 1-0 record against Los Angeles this season.