ORLANDO, Fla. — Cole Anthony scored 10 of his career-best 33 points in the fourth quarter and keyed a game-closing 24-11 run that helped the Orlando Magic past the Utah Jazz 107-100 on Sunday night.
Trailing by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and trailing 89-81 with eight minutes remaining, Anthony heated up and got plenty of help from R.J. Hampton and Wendell Carter Jr. as the Magic ended a two-game losing streak. Orlando also snapped a five-game skid against the Jazz that dated back three seasons.
Carter had a season-best 22 points and 15 rebounds. Hampton scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter. Hampton’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play put Orlando ahead 105-100 and all but sealed the victory.
Trailing 28-15 after one quarter and by 15 points seconds into the second, Utah seemed to have control of the game.
Anthony made 13 of 20 shots and five of 10 3-pointers for the Magic, which won at home for the first time in five games this season. After the game, Anthony had a classic walk-off interview.
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Utah was playing less than 24 hours after losing 118-115 in Miami. The Jazz had to expend plenty of energy in that game, rallying from 19 down in the final five minutes and losing only after Mitchell missed a potential tying 3-pointer.
Utah missed 18 of its first 20 3-point shots and fell in an early 15-point hole. It still rallied to grab a 52-50 halftimes lead.
One of the strengths that made Suggs so appealing to the Magic as the No. 5 draft pick and an opening-night starter was his polish offensively. However, Suggs has had a tough time on the offensive end so far in his first NBA season.
The 6-foot-4 guard came into Sunday shooting just 31% from the floor and only 22.8% from 3-point range while ranking fourth on the Magic in scoring (12.7 ppg.). He has made more than one 3-pointer in just two games. Head coach Jamahl Mosley said he is not worried about the 20-year-old’s progress.
“I think it’s just a matter of time,” Mosley said. “He’s putting the work in and I keep telling everyone about his mindset, and what he’s seeing out there on the court. He’s recognizing the things before they are happening. Now, it’s just a matter of slowing them down for his body to catch up.”