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Utah Jazz: Foye, Jefferson keys to 87-81 win over Orlando Magic
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) poses with fans during warmups before a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) shoots the ball during warmups before a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) shoots the ball warmups before a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) scores two as Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) watches during the first quarter during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) takes a shot as Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) defends during the first quarter during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) drives the basket as Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives the basket as Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) defends during the first quarter during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin yells from the sidelines during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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(right) Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) competes with Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) for a loose ball during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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(left) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and (right) Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) try to steal the ball from Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) is helped up from the Jazz bench after falling into it trying to save a ball from going out of bounds the first half at a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) feels the pressure from (left) Orlando Magic small forward Arron Afflalo (4) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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(left) Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson (11) attempts a shot as he is defended by Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) takes a shot during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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(right)Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) dunks the ball above the head of Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) drives the basket during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) falls on the court after being injured during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) lays on the court after being injured during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is helped off of the court after being injured during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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(right) Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) catches a pass over the hands of (left) Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) drives the basket past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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(left) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) takes a shot over the head of (right) Orlando Magic power forward Josh McRoberts (17) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) and Orlando Magic power forward Josh McRoberts (17) compete for a rebound during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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(back) Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) and Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson (11) celebrate Carroll turning over the ball and drawing a foul during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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(right) Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) looks to pass past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz small forward Jeremy Evans (40) takes a shot as (right) Orlando Magic small forward Arron Afflalo (4) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz small forward Jeremy Evans (40) tries for two during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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(left) Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) takes  shot as (right) Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson (11) steals the ball from Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Dec. 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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(left) Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) defends Orlando Magic power forward Andrew Nicholson (44) as he takes a shot during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin during a game against the Orlando Magic at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin during a game against the Orlando Magic at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) recovers from being elbowed in the head during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin during a game against the Orlando Magic at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
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(left) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and (right) Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) put pressure on (middle) Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012. Jazz went on to win 87-81.
Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) reaches for a steal as Orlando Magic forward Arron Afflalo (4) dribbles in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) drives the basket during a game against Orlando at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.

Randy Foye had been dreadful and he knew it.

Each of his six shots came up short. At no point in the process, from when he set his feet, powered a jolt from his legs through his torso and out his arms, did he feel good about any of the attempts.

“I just didn’t have it the way I usually have it,” Foye said.

But with 3:11 left Wednesday against the Orlando Magic, the Jazz down one and positioned to once again lose after building a large lead, Foye watched Magic guard J.J. Redick leave to help on Al Jefferson. The pass came from Mo Williams, and Foye did everything the same. Set his feet, shot from his legs. This time it went in.

The timely basket gave the Jazz an 81-79 lead, and they never trailed again in the eventual 87-71 victory.

“The whole time I felt as though I was letting my team down,” said Foye, who finished with 3 points on 1-of-7 shooting. “I was getting a lot of open shots, I was front-rimming all of them. But once I hit that shot, I just felt as though [it made up for] all those shots that I missed.”

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The Jazz (10-10) broke a three-game losing streak with the victory and once again nudged their record to .500. Al Jefferson scored 23 of his season-high 31 points in the second half and pulled down 15 rebounds. However, he left the game with 1:35 remaining after leaving the game with back spasms.

The Jazz list Jefferson as day-to-day, although the center was upbeat in postgame interviews and said he did not expect to miss any games.

For a Jazz team that has been atrocious on the road and comforted only by home games, the win was true to the narrative of their young season. But Orlando nearly disrupted it, as it had done in earlier wins at the Lakers and Golden State.

And if one measured only the guard play, the Jazz appeared to be toast.

The group of Foye, Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward and Earl Watson were a combined 4 of 25 from the field. Hayward’s four points all came on free throws.

Thankfully, the Jazz got support from Jefferson and Paul Millsap, who contributed 22 points.

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At a glance

Storylines

Al Jefferson scores 31 points but leaves the game in the final minutes with back spasms.

» Randy Foye’s first made shot of the game comes with 3:11 left and gives the Jazz an 81-79 lead.

» After missing three games with concussion-like symptoms, Marvin Williams returns, scoring eight points in 23 minutes.

Jazz 87, Magic 81

FG FT Reb

Orlando Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Harkless 15:13 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 0

Davis 38:40 7-16 4-6 2-12 1 4 18

Vucevic 38:17 3-9 0-0 7-16 1 2 6

Nelson 39:24 7-16 2-2 2-5 5 3 17

Afflalo 36:26 7-12 2-2 0-3 2 0 16

Redick 35:49 5-12 4-5 0-2 4 4 14

Ayon 11:01 0-0 0-2 2-2 2 4 0

Moore 8:36 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Nicholson 8:02 4-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 8

Jones 3:13 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

McRberts 5:19 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Totals 240:00 34-77 12-17 13-46 15 20 81

Percentages: FG .442, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 1-15, .067 (Nelson 1-4, Harkless 0-1, Moore 0-2, Afflalo 0-3, Redick 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 20 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Davis 2, Vucevic 2, Ayon, Jones, Moore). Turnovers: 19 (Redick 5, Davis 3, Nelson 3, Afflalo 2, Ayon 2, Vucevic 2, McRoberts, Moore). Steals: 6 (Nelson 2, Afflalo, Harkless, Moore, Redick). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 11:26 first.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

MaWllms 23:23 3-7 2-2 0-4 0 0 8

Millsap 38:52 8-14 6-9 1-4 3 2 22

Jefferson 34:50 13-20 5-5 3-15 2 4 31

M Wllms 32:04 3-9 3-3 0-1 7 1 9

Foye 29:51 1-7 0-0 0-2 0 1 3

Carroll 19:57 2-3 2-2 1-1 1 3 6

Hayward 23:04 0-6 4-4 1-5 2 2 4

Kanter 16:01 2-5 0-0 1-3 0 1 4

Watson 15:56 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 0

Evans 6:02 0-3 0-2 1-2 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 32-77 22-27 8-38 18 16 87

Percentages: FG .416, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Foye 1-6, Hayward 0-1, Millsap 0-1, Watson 0-1, Ma.Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Millsap 3, Carroll). Turnovers: 12 (M. Williams 3, Kanter 2, Millsap 2, Evans, Foye, Hayward, Jefferson, Ma.Williams). Steals: 13 (M. Williams 4, Carroll 3, Hayward 2, Evans, Jefferson, Millsap, Watson). Technical Fouls: Jefferson, 1:59 second.

Orlando 15 19 23 24 — 81

Utah 24 21 23 19 — 87

Attendance » 18,078

Time » 2:09.

Officials » James Capers, Gary Zielinski, Marat Kogut.

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