The Utah Jazz set a new NBA record by knocking down 18 first-half three-pointers against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. This ultimately proved vital, as Utah crushed Orlando by a final score of 137-91. Even more impressive, this strong performance came without the presence of All-Star PG Mike Conley.
Donovan Mitchell led the way for Utah, scoring 22 points in only 21 minutes. Also, Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic each had 17 for the Jazz. Meanwhile, the Magic were led in scoring and rebounds by new addition Wendell Carter Jr. (19 points and 12 rebounds). Carter Jr., who was brought over in the Nikola Vucevic trade, has played amazing in Orlando thus far. The 21-year-old is averaging 14.8 PPG, 9.5 RPG, and 1.5 APG so far on the team (4 games). Chuma Okeke also played well, scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. RJ Hampton, another new addition, also had a performance to note. Hampton finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
- The Magic finished Saturday’s game with only 11 assists. That’s the fewest number of assists Orlando has accumulated since March 1, 2017 when they had 11 of them in a game against the New York Knicks.
- Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors were the only Utah players on the floor Saturday night who did not attempt a three-pointer.
- The Jazz made 16 more three-pointers than the Magic in the first half. That is the largest differential in any half in NBA history.
The Orlando Magic will face the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night at 10:00 PM EST. Aaron Gordon will face his former team for the first time since getting traded.