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Al Jefferson leads Utah Jazz to 87-81 victory over Orlando
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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.
Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap, right, drives to the basket as Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, left, defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz guard Randy Foye (8) and center Al Jefferson (25) defend in the second quarter of 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 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.

Al Jefferson scored 23 of his 31 points in the second half, leading the Utah Jazz to a 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak, but it was tempered by the fact Jefferson injured his back with 1:29 remaining against the Magic and went to the locker room.

Utah squandered a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and Orlando took a 79-78 lead before Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer with three minutes left.

Jefferson followed with back-to-back baskets before being injured and the Jazz held on to beat the Magic, who missed their final four shots.

The Jazz built a 24-15 lead in the first quarter.

Jefferson scored six points and Mo Williams added five in the quarter as Utah dominated. The Magic committed six turnovers and shot only 7-for-19 from the field.

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Orlando got as close as 28-23 early in the second quarter on a basket by rookie Andrew Nicholson.

The Jazz quickly countered, however.

Gordon Hayward made two free throws and Paul Millsap scored seven points in a span of 85 seconds. When Marvin Williams found himself mismatched against Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, he went inside and scored.

Williams’ layup capped an 11-4 run and gave Utah a 39-27 lead with 5:58 left.

By halftime, Millsap scored 16 points and Utah limited Orlando to 35.9 percent shooting as the Jazz ended up with a 45-34 lead. Aaron Afflalo led Orlando with 12 points, but no other Magic player managed more than six.

The Jazz still owned a 56-45 lead with 71/2 minutes left in the third quarter before they misfired on five straight possessions.

Orlando went on an 8-0 run and got as close as 56-53, but Utah converted six of its final nine possessions during a 12-4 flurry of its own to re-establish an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

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