SUMMARY: After one of the worst stretches of the season the Utah Jazz put together a dominating 2nd half to pull off a remarkable comeback over the Orlando Magic
• It was the ultimate Charles Dickens game
• The Jazz could not have been worse to start the game. Offensively they were having no impact. They were falling into every Orlando trap. They didn’t take a 3 point shot until the 3:54 mark of the first quarter. They trailed 28-7 to start the game. It was awful. Every 50-50 ball went to the Magic and the Jazz couldn’t make a shot
• Then the Jazz got it back to 12 and before you knew it the Magic had taken it back to 21 and a 42-21 lead. The Jazz trailed by 17 at the half.
• Before tonight 234 teams held a 20 point lead at some point in a game. Only 9 of them had lost.
• The second half the Jazz came out with aggression, they started to impact the game and they started to make plays. It happened fast. The run started at the 8:27 mark in the 3rd quarter. The Jazz allowed only one field goal over the final 8:27 it was a prayer banking three as the shot clock expired by DJ Augustin. The Jazz got out and running and finally were able to create offense off the defense. The Jazz have really struggled off opponents misses this season and tonight were able to get it rolling.
• By the time the 3rd quarter was over the run was 25-3 and the Jazz had the lead going into the 4th quarter
• At this point Orlando’s lack of depth started to kick in and a long and winding road trip of 6 games and 3 games in 4 nights showed its effect on the Magic.
• Donovan Mitchell changed the game in the 3rd quarter and by the time Quin took him out he was exhausted. He had left everything on the floor.
• After Donovan checked out in the 3rd and got the ball rolling Raul Neto, who struggled in the first half, was very aggressive and impacted the game. Rudy Gobert’s defense started to have its impact and Kyle Korver hit a huge three.
• Jae Crowder provided the energy to fuel the comeback
• The 4th quarter was Donovan’s. He had 16 points and 2 assists in the 4th quarter. For the 5th time this year Donovan went over 30. Interesting that he only did it 7 times all of last year.
• The line on the game was Jazz by 9.5 I am guessing some people thought they were in pretty good shape.
• Jazz have 3 come from behind wins in the last 4 games. This team likes to win and that is very important
• The Magic offensive rating in the first half was 130 and finished at 97 so the 2nd half had to be a bit under 70. The Jazz defense allowed less than .7 pts per possession in the 2nd half.
• The Magic only took 15 shots at the rim all night making just 6. That is how a game swings when all your shots are low percentage shots.
• The story of the night is the Jazz transition offense off Magic misses. This part of their offense has been 29th in the NBA this year. If they can fix that in the 2nd half of the season all other issues will go away as well.
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