We played with energy, we talked on defense, and the offense comes easy when we get out in transition, so I think the energy part was the biggest key in us winning tonight. —Rodney Hood
ORLANDO — Joe Ingles jumped off the bench, shaking his head.
The Orlando Magic could only call a full timeout.
Rodney Hood was all smiles after sinking yet another 3-pointer to give the Utah Jazz a 36-point edge early in the fourth quarter.
Utah would go on to win 125-85 behind Hood’s 31 points — one shy of his career high.
He unknowingly became the first Jazz player to post multiple 30-plus point games off the bench in the same season since Thurl Bailey in 1988-89.
It felt good to smile Saturday night while the Jazz finally ended their drought as the final NBA team to win on the road this season. The Jazz were 0-6 outside of their home arena, with three consecutive losses, prior to entering the Amway Center.
Whew. The struggle was real.
“We needed this one bad to get that winning feeling back,” Hood said. “The energy was there tonight, that’s the biggest thing.
“We played with energy, we talked on defense, and the offense comes easy when we get out in transition, so I think the energy part was the biggest key in us winning tonight.”
Hood went off for 15 points in the third quarter, using his sweet left-handed stroke to connect on 12 of 21 shots. He also sank 7 of his 13 3-point attempts in 26 minutes.
The Jazz flew in on the second night of a back-to-back trip after losing Friday in Brooklyn without Thabo Sefolosha and Ricky Rubio, but both players returned from soreness to play in Orlando.
“It’s nice to see some of the work and the emphasis that we’ve been doing beginning to show some results,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “We don’t get too high or too low in this league, but we had a good night tonight, it’s no question about it, and I think our team has kind of earned the right to play well.”
From the opening tip, the Jazz moved with a different spunk. The second unit started the second quarter on a 13-3 run, with Sefolosha stepping in with six quick points. He finished with eight on the night.
Derrick Favors also had a big first half, hitting all seven of his shot attempts for 17 of his season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks.
“It was a team effort; they’re a good team with a lot of good offensive players, but it was a team effort,” Favors said. “We wanted to make them take tough shots, keep them out the paint, contest every shot, limit their transition points and that’s what we did.”
Orlando shot terribly, hitting just 38.8 percent from the field and 65.2 percent from the free-throw line while being held to 85 points. For Utah, the 40-point victory was the largest this season and tied the franchise record for the biggest road win. Utah also topped the Los Angeles Clippers 131-91 on Dec. 7, 1985.
“Just played our worst game of the season,” said Magic coach Frank Vogel. “Credit to the Jazz, they played desperate because they hadn’t won on the road yet and they played a terrific game and we did not.”
Jonas Jerebko ended with a season-high 15 points and six rebounds while rookie Donovan Mitchell posted a dozen points and six boards.
Utah (7-10) will end its four-game road trip in Philadelphia at 5 p.m. Monday.
“The challenge for us is every time you lose, you can’t need a win and every time you win, you can’t need a loss, you just have to be steady,” Snyder said. “That’s the challenge.”