SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – It was a rough start to a key homestand, but the Utah Jazz eventually kicked it into high gear in the second half.
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, as the Jazz outscored Orlando in the second half, 60-30, to beat the Orlando Magic, 106-93.
Joe Ingles added 16 points and seven assists, and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Utah improved to 21-21, winning for the third time in four games.
D.J Augustin had 23 points and six assists for Orlando, Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and eight rebounds, and Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic ended a six-game trip with four straight losses.
After trailing by 21 points in the second quarter, the Jazz erased the deficit in the third quarter. Utah went 13 of 21 from the field in the quarter while holding Orlando to 5-of-21 shooting.
The Magic ran off four straight baskets and took a 72-53 lead on Augustin’s 3-pointer. Utah held Orlando to a single basket over the final 8:42 of the quarter. The Jazz had a 25-3 run during that stretch. Mitchell made three layups and Gobert converted a pair of three-point plays to get Utah within striking distance.
“We came and we made a little run in the second and we realized if we keep defending we’ll have a shot at the end,” Mitchell said. “We came out one step too slow. That can’t happen even though we have a long road trip.It’s easy to say that but the way we responded that’s the biggest thing.”
Utah took its first lead at 78-75 when Neto capped the run with a pair of layups.
Mitchell made two baskets and assisted on two others to fuel a 12-1 run and push Utah’s lead to 102-89 with 2:02 left.
“The first game back from a road trip is always tough,” said Gobert. “The first quarter was very tough. I think we all tried to catch our breath. We couldn’t really talk to each other. That’s always tough. We came back in the second quarter able to communicate and set or defense and just make things difficult for them.”
The 21-point comeback is Utah’s largest since 2010.
The Jazz continue their four-game homestand Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.