“I think we were all kind of sluggish tonight,” Hayward said. “We did a great job of leaning on Big Al a little bit, and they carried us.”
The Jazz built a 14-point lead in the second quarter at 45-31. They were still up 11 heading in the fourth quarter. But then the game began to take on shades of Monday’s 105-104 loss to the Clippers.
They led by 14 against Los Angeles, also, and didn’t give up the lead until late in the fourth quarter. Sound familiar?
On Wednesday, that moment came 22 seconds before Foye’s crucial 3-pointer, on a dunk by Glen Davis that gave Orlando a 79-78 lead.
What was different this time? Why did the Jazz not wilt as they had 48 hours earlier?
“We stepped up on defense,” Millsap said. “The past few games, fourth quarter defense has not been at its best. So tonight was a lot better.”
The Magic did not score in the final two minutes and missed their final four field goal attempts.
“We didn’t panic when we lost the lead,” coach Tyrone Corbin said. “We continued to play and made the right plays and, as a result, we were able to win the ballgame.”« Previous Page