Jazz 106, Magic 91
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Karl Malone scored 32 points and John Stockton had eight steals, and the Utah Jazz scored 17 consecutive points late in the game to beat the Magic 106-91 on Wednesday night.
Two free throws by Terry Catledge, who led the Magic with 18 points, gave Orlando an 87-83 with 5:24 remaining. But Utah, with Malone scoring 6 points and Stockton leading the running attack, scored the next 17 points for a 100-87 lead with 1:40 remaining.
The Jazz outscored Orlando 23-4 after the Magic led 87-83.
Stockton had 11 points and 13 assist to go with his eight steals, six of them in the first quarter. Darrell Griffith scored 16 points for the Jazz and Nick Anderson 16 for the Magic.
The Jazz led 27-18 after the first quarter and 39-30 midway through the second period before Orlando rallied to take the lead for the first time, 49-48, on a 3-pointer by Jerry Reynolds at the halftime buzzer.
The Magic increased their lead to 68-58 with 4:16 remaining in the third period, but the Jazz used a 14-5 run to trail only 73-72 at the end of the quarter.
Orlando led 85-77 with 7:57 remaining in the game.
″This was a good win for us because we didn’t have a lot of life until the end of the game,″ Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. ″I think our guys were waiting, and the crowd got behind them a little. Things picked up and little bit, and we were able to stop them. Before that, it seemed like everything we tried never worked.
″Then our guys made a commitment to win the game, and our defense won it for us. We got some fast breaks off our defense and that led to some easy baskets.″
″We finally got out and got after it,″ Karl Malone said. ″We stopped playing selfishly on defense and started to help each other out. I think the defense turned it on.″
″It was a combination of things, we had the lead and we were all right at the mid 80s, and then everything went to pot down the stretch at the same time,″ Orlando coach Matt Guokas said. ″Our defense became extremely poor and our offense was lousy. All we were getting were jump shots that led to long rebounds.″