Utah Jazz basketball: Jazz save their pre-Christmas road trip with comeback win in Orlando
That was possible in large part because of some big defensive plays in the final minute and a half.
For one, Hawyard got his fingers on Arron Afflalo's game-tying attempt with 22.9 to go. Foye also had three key moments, swatting Gustavo Ayon's shot (Millsap got credit), forcing Redick into a turnover, and then hurrying to make Ayon shoot free throws instead of having an easy bucket with 2.4 seconds left. The Magic center missed both attempts — the second on purpose — and Tinsley closed out the win with his clutch makes with 1.5 remaining.
"This group of guys never ceases to amaze (with) the fight they have and the sense of wanting to do the right things," Corbin said. "We may make mistakes, but the guys just fight their way through it."
The win wasn't just important because it pushed the Jazz back above .500 at 15-14 and improved their road record to 6-12. It was also nice for them to have a positive result when Williams was on the bench in dress clothes instead of on the floor playing.
Tinsley finished with 11 points and four assists, and Watson distributed eight assists in his reserve role.
"Jamaal and Earl came in and did a tremendous job for us. They pushed the pace," Corbin said. "They were getting the ball, advancing it up to the wing guys. The guys did a good job attacking the basket. They're true professionals, man. These guys do everything than can to help us win and it was an indication tonight."
Orlando, coached by former Jazz point guard Jacque Vaughn, fell to 12-15. Afflalo topped the Magic with 20 points.
NOTES: The Jazz have two days off for a mini-Christmas break before reconvening for shootaround Wednesday morning before their home game against a much-improved Golden State squad. Corbin said he played Burks a season-high 20 minutes, mostly taking away from DeMarre Carroll's wing time (five minutes), because the Jazz needed his offensive spark. ... Magic center Nikola Vucevic made life tough on Al Jefferson and finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Big Al had 12 points and nine boards. Big Baby Glen Davis (sprained left shoulder) did not play for Orlando.
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