Trey Burke, Jazz defeat Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic fell flat at home on Wednesday night, losing a sloppy game to the Utah Jazz by a score of 86-82.
Trey Burke, once considered a prime target for the Magic with the number two overall pick last summer, ran rampant against Orlando putting up 30 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. His rookie counterpart Victor Oladipo put up the reverse box score with just three points on 1-12 shooting in 36 total minutes.
The Magic struggled shooting the ball all night and finished shooting just 32.8% from the field, clearly missing their top scorer. Arron Afflalo did not dress for tonight’s game after being effectively “quarantined” with the affluenza. Tobias Harris started in his place and finished with 14 points.
“Obviously, we missed Arron.” – Vaughn
— Andrew Melnick (@Andrew_Melnick) December 19, 2013
Jameer Nelson led the team in scoring with 17 points and Nik Vucevic had a 14-14 line.
While the Jazz have struggled even more than the Magic through the beginning of the season, they’ve been a completely new team with Burke on the floor. The young point guard was the only player on the floor who brought energy and creativity to the game.
While the Magic made a late run in the 4th quarter, they lacked the overall execution on offense necessary to grind out a victory. A wild, driving Jameer Nelson had a chance to tie the game with 10 seconds left, but couldn’t convert the running layup attempt. It was a game the Magic probably didn’t deserve to win.
Orlando now sits at 8-18 on the season. The team will look to bring a better effort on Saturday night when they host the Sacramento Kings.