Hapless Magic lose seventh straight against Utah Jazz
Published: March 23, 2014 05:19PM
Updated: March 25, 2014 04:15PM
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Brooklyn Carter (left) watches as Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) signs Aspen Marshall,s shirt (center), Tylee Brown is on the right, before the Jazz vs. Magic game, at EnergySolutions Arena Saturday, March 22, 2014.

There is still at least one team in the NBA that doesn’t relish playing the Utah Jazz.

Orlando has lost seven straight against Utah, with the last five of those losses by six points or less after a Trey Burke corner 3-pointer lifted the Jazz to an 89-88 victory on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

There were a few parallels between the teams Saturday: The Jazz were without guard Alec Burks, the Magic were without guard Jameer Nelson. Both teams featured point guards who were playing in the Big Ten last season — Burke at Michigan, Victor Oladipo at Indiana. The Jazz and Magic are both lottery locks.

And both teams never quit.

“I think overall, it’s a direct reflection on both of these franchises and the people who are running them,” Vaughn said. “Guys are doing their jobs and doing it representing that name that’s across the front of their chests.”

Despite outrebounding the Jazz 45-39 and forcing a desperation heave from Burke, Orlando falls to 19-51 and now has a flight to Los Angeles to ponder how to change its fortunes.

“I don’t know what it is,” said center Nikola Vucevic, who scored 16 points and added 13 rebounds Saturday. “Maybe the approach, the preparation? We’ve got to do a better job of that.”


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