Jazz survive rally to beat Magic 97-93

ORLANDO, Fla. — Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 and the Utah Jazz survived a fourth-quarter rally to slip past the Orlando Magic 97-93 on Sunday night.

Orlando cut the lead to one in the waning seconds, but came up empty at the foul line attempting to tie it.

Utah snapped a two-game losing streak with its fifth consecutive regular-season victory over Orlando. The Jazz played without point guard Mo Williams, who is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.

Arron Afflalo had 20 points, and Nik Vucevic added 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Orlando, which has dropped back-to-back games since losing starting forward Glen Davis to a shoulder injury.

The loss also ended the Magic’s three-game home winning streak.

Orlando led 73-71 entering the fourth quarter, but the Jazz scored the first seven points of the period and took a 78-73 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

J.J. Redick hit a fadeaway jumper to put the Magic back on top 87-85 before back-to-back 3’s by Utah’s Jamaal Tinsley and Randy Foye nudged the Jazz back in front 91-87 with 2:19 left.

Trailing 92-90, Orlando rebounded a miss by Millsap, a former Louisiana Tech standout, with less than a minute to play and called a timeout. The Magic ran a set play for Afflalo, but his 12-foot jumper was blocked by Hayward and recovered by the Jazz.

Foye was then fouled and hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to four.

Redick hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout to cut it back to one, and Millsap hit only 1 of 2 at the free throw line after getting fouled with 10.1 seconds remaining.

Jameer Nelson pushed the ball upcourt and found Gustavo Ayon underneath, who was immediately fouled by Foye. Ayon missed the first free throw and his intentional miss on the second was rebounded by Tinsley, who hit a pair from the stripe for the final margin.

With Davis sitting for the second straight game since spraining his left shoulder last week, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn started the second-year big man Ayon in his place — his first start of the season. Davis is out indefinitely, with his return dependent on the progress he makes during rehabilitation.

Vaughn had gone with rookie Andrew Nicholson in Davis’ place during the Magic’s loss to Toronto on Friday, but struggled from the field in just 19 minutes of action. Ayon came on as a reserve in that game and posted a double-double.

At 6-foot-10, Ayon gave the Magic a size advantage over the 6-8 Millsap. Ayon finished with nine points and 12 rebounds, but Millsap clearly won the night.

The Jazz also had to adjust their starting lineup Sunday, inserting the veteran Tinsley at point guard for Williams, who sprained his right thumb in Saturday’s loss at Miami. Williams’ return in unknown after an MRI on Sunday revealed damage to the thumb. He will have it re-evaluated back in Salt Lake City.

Spurs 129, Mavericks 91: In San Antonio, Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and San Antonio spoiled former league MVP Dirk Nowitzki’s season debut with a rout of Dallas.

Tony Parker had 18 points, Kawhi Leonard added 17, Tim Duncan 15 and Stephen Jackson 14 for the Spurs (21-8).

After missing the Mavericks’ first 27 regular-season games, Nowitzki entered with 6:28 left in the first quarter to a hearty mix of cheers and boos. Nowitzki, who underwent surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 after battling soreness the previous season, quickly picked up a rebound for Dallas and finished with eight points — going 3 for 4 from the field — and six rebounds in 20 minutes.

Darren Collison scored 15 points to lead Dallas (12-16), which lost its third straight.

NETS 95, 76ERS 92: In New York, Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Gerald Wallace had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Brooklyn held on to beat Philadelphia.

Deron Williams added 16 points to help New Jersey end a six-game losing streak at home against Philadelphia.

Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds, Thadeus Young added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Evan Turner had 15 points and seven rebounds. The 76ers, opening an eight-game trip, have six of their last seven games.

The Nets appeared to seal it when William made a layup with 40.5 seconds left to make it 91-83. But Holiday was fouled by Williams and made hit one of two free throws to make it 91-84. Holiday then fouled Williams, but he missed both free throws and Holiday hit a 3-pointer with 19.1 seconds left to cut it to 91-87.

After Turner’s foul sent Johnson to the line, Johnson hit the first free throw but missed the second with the Nets leading 92-87. Dorell Wright then made a 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds left to make it 92-90.

Williams was fouled again by Holiday and hit two free throws to make it 94-90 before Turner answered with a layup to make it 94-92. Johnson finished the scoring with a free throw.