The losses continue to pile up for the Orlando Magic and against the Western Conference’s Utah Jazz, the slide doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. After going 1-3 on the west coast, the Magic were hoping to nab a home win versus the Jazz.

It was an amicable second and third quarters that doomed Orlando, as Utah out-scored the Magic 68-41 between the two periods and rolled to a 125-85 drubbing Saturday evening. Utah guard Rodney Hood came off the bench to score 31 points. Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 18 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

”Just played our worst game of the season,” Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ”They played desperate, they hadn’t won a game on the road yet and they played a terrific game. We did not.”

The Magic (8-8) had no answer for Hood coming off the bench for the Jazz. Hood connected on 12-of-21 shooting and nailed seven 3-pointers. It wasn’t just Hood doing damage for Utah, with Derrick Favors (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Jonas Jerebko (15 points) both playing well for the Jazz (7-10).

”I felt good,” Hood said. ”I got an easy one for the layup and my teammates were just finding me and I was able to get shots to go down.”

Orlando welcomed back reserve point guard D.J. Augustin and though he was a boost off the bench, the Magic were badly out-scored when it came to bench play. Utah’s bench out-scored Orlando’s 58-29, with Mo Speights leading the Magic with 11 points.

The lack of consistency from the 3-point line for Orlando has hurt the Magic offensively, with Vogel’s group only hitting on 8-of-29 from downtown. Another inconsistency for the Magic is from the free throw line, as Orlando was only 15-of-23 (65 percent).

Orlando will be back at home tomorrow night when they host the Indiana Pacers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Amway Center.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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