ORLANDO, Fla. - The Utah Jazz rallied again, coming back from a double-digit deficit for the second consecutive night.
Deron Williams scored 30 points, Paul Millsap added 23 points, and the Jazz beat the Orlando Magic, 104-94, Wednesday night.
A night after a 22-point comeback victory in overtime at Miami, the Jazz went down 18 points in the third quarter but came back to stun Orlando. Al Jefferson had a huge hook over Dwight Howard, and Williams followed with a jumper over Jameer Nelson with 46.5 seconds remaining to give Utah an eight-point lead and cap the comeback.
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“I guess, getting behind,” Millsap joked. “I guess that’s what it takes to show all our talents.”
Vince Carter had 20 points, and Nelson returned from a sprained left ankle to score 19 points for the Magic, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in the new Amway Center.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called it a “disturbing loss” with 21 turnovers that had similar trends to an 18-point lead they blew against Charlotte last week. Although Orlando won that game, Van Gundy didn’t think his teamed learn anything from it.
“Ridiculous professional basketball,” he said.
The Jazz’s furious rally was highlighted by a 24-2 run between the third and fourth quarters. Andrei Kirilenko and Williams each hit a pair of 3-pointers during the spurt to give them an 80-76 lead.
Yao hurt, again: Houston Rockets center Yao Ming left Wednesday’s game with the Washington Wizards in the first quarter with a strained tendon in his left leg.
The 7-foot-6 Yao played the opening 6:14 of the game and did not return. He did not score and grabbed one rebound. The injury-prone Yao sat out the entire 2009-10 season after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left foot.
Wright shot 5 times: Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright died in late July after being shot at least five times, an autopsy report released in Memphis, Tenn., showed.
Bullet fragments lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm, indicating five shots, the medical examiner’s report showed. Wright, 34, had been missing for 10 days when his body was found in the woods in suburban Memphis on July 28. No arrests have been made in the months since the slaying, and police haven’t offered a motive or suspects.