Magic return home to face Jazz

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz possess just two wins in their last 14 games, but they have come against last year's NBA finalists.

The Jazz aim to build off a recent win in south Florida when they close out their Sunshine State tour Friday against the Orlando Magic.

Utah overcame a 42-point outburst from Dwyane Wade to post a 105-87 triumph in the third game of a six-game road trip (1-2). Gordon Hayward scored 29 points to lead the Jazz and Enes Kanter had 18 points. Alec Burks scored 12 points and Utah shot 53 percent from the field, making a season-best 14-of-25 shots from 3-point range.

Hayward made four of his five 3-point attempts.

"A big-time win for us," Hayward said.

The Jazz led 33-16 after the first quarter and the Heat stayed tight throughout until the visitors used a 10-2 run to pull away. Hayward and Burks both buried 3-pointers in the fourth to pad the lead. Hayward has scored 15 or more points 10 times in the past 11 games.

The win ended a six-game road losing streak for the Jazz and they are 3-10 outside Salt Lake City. Charlotte and Memphis are the final two destinations on this junket for Utah.

Orlando is home for the next four games against Utah, Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland, and has a 3-6 record at Amway Center.

The Magic were on the road the last two games and dropped decisions in Toronto and Boston. The Celtics put together a 109-92 win and the Magic suffered defeat for the 10th time in the past 14 tries.

Nikola Vucevic paced the Magic with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 17 points and both Channing Frye and Evan Fournier provided 13 points for Orlando, which made 43.5 percent from the field and couldn't shut down a Boston club that sank 55 percent of its shots.

"They were scoring at will on us," said Harris. "You're not going to beat teams if you don't play defense."

Orlando is second-to-last in scoring with 93.8 points per game and will take on a Jazz team allowing 101.7 ppg. The Magic defeated the Jazz, 98-93, on the road Dec. 5 and were led by Harris' 22 points. Derrick Favors had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Utah in that one, but has been bothered by an ankle problem recently.

The Magic ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with that win. Utah has won its last three visits to Amway Center. Hayward averaged 14.5 ppg against Orlando in 2013-14.