Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/21

Game 1: Friday, December 21st
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Magic94
Game 2: Saturday, January 12th
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Jazz119

Jazz 113

(15-13, 6-11 away)

Magic 94

(18-10, 5-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 21, 2007

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 28 21 30 34113
    ORL 27 23 20 2494

    Top Performers

    UTAH: C. Boozer 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orl: H. Turkoglu 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Millsap nets career-high 28 as Magic booed in home loss to Jazz

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Stan Van Gundy looked furious, and sounded worse.

    His Orlando Magic have lost six of eight, and Friday night allowed their second career high in a week. Paul Millsap had a career-best 28 points and the Utah Jazz broke a seven-game road losing streak with a 113-94 victory.

    "We're absolutely frightened of contact -- frightened," Van Gundy said. "We won't put our body in front of anybody driving the ball to the basket. We don't screen anybody, we won't block anybody out. It's a soft team, and until they change the results won't change."

    The Magic, who looked like one of the NBA's best teams after going 13-4 in November, haven't won a home game since Nov. 24, and are now 5-6 at Amway Arena. They left the court to a chorus of boos from the few fans who stayed to the end.

    "I feel bad for our fans," Van Gundy said. "I would have booed a lot louder than that. ... And I hope they will, if they put out the same effort the next time we're here."

    The Jazz hadn't won a road game since Nov. 28, but made this one look easy.

    Utah's reserves, including Millsap, outscored Orlando's 50-20, and Carlos Boozer had 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Deron Williams had 17 points and seven assists, Andrei Kirilenko scored 18 and Matt Harpring and C.J. Miles each added 10.

    "We executed our offense better than we've done in I don't know how long," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We had good shots, good chances to offensively rebound the ball and kept them from getting every shot they wanted."

    Hedo Turkoglu scored a season-high 27 for Orlando and Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Rashard Lewis scored seven in the first quarter, but ended up with just 12. He shot 2-for-7 from 3-point range.

    The Magic shot well early, taking an eight-point lead. But the Jazz closed the first quarter with a 13-4 run to take a 28-27 lead.

    The game stayed close until the third quarter, when Millsap took over. He scored all Utah's points in an 11-2 run over 4:03. It put the Jazz up 77-67, and Orlando got no closer in the fourth quarter.

    "I was trying to be more aggressive and assertive on the court," Millsap said. "Guys were just finding me through he seams."

    Harpring was back in the lineup after missing three straight with stomach trouble, but the Jazz were still missing Mehmet Okur, out since Dec. 11 with a strained left trapezius.

    Jazz guard Gordan Giricek was not with the team, two nights after Sloan banished him to the locker room following a tense exchange on the bench. Giricek flew back to Utah on Thursday and the Jazz have said nothing further about his status.

    Orlando is now 4-6 in December, while Utah is 3-8. The Jazz had lost eight of their last nine.

    Game notes


    Orlando turned the ball over 20 times for 30 Utah points, while the Jazz had 13 turnovers for 12 points. ... Magic G Carlos Arroyo returned after missing five games (left foot). He didn't play until the fourth quarter, when the Magic were down by double digits.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    ORL
    Points 113 94
    FGM-FGA 42-79 (.532) 35-77 (.455)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 9-27 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 26-34 (.765) 15-24 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-20 12-24
    Assists 25 21
    Turnovers 13 20
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 6 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 26 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 21 8

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Orlando
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 24
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Hedo Turkoglu Turkoglu
    Points: 27
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2