ORLANDO, Fla. » The Utah Jazz rallied again, coming back from a double-digit deficit for the second night in a row.
Deron Williams scored 30 points, Paul Millsap added 23 points and the Jazz beat the Orlando Magic 104-94 last night.
A night after a 22-point comeback victory in overtime at Miami, the Jazz went down 18 points in the third quarter but came back to stun Orlando. Al Jefferson had a huge hook over Dwight Howard, and Williams followed with a jumper over Nelson with 46.5 seconds remaining to give Utah an 8-point lead and cap the comeback.
So what’s the key for the Jazz?
"I guess, getting behind," Millsap joked. "I guess that’s what it takes to show all our talents."
Vince Carter had 20 points and Nelson returned from a sprained left ankle to score 19 for the Magic, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in the new Amway Center.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called it a "disturbing loss" with 21 turnovers that had similar trends to an 18-point lead they blew against Charlotte last week. Although Orlando won that game, Van Gundy didn’t think his teamed learned anything from it.
"Ridiculous professional basketball," he said.
The Jazz’s furious rally was highlighted with a 24-2 run between the third and fourth quarters. Andrei Kirilenko and Williams each hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run to give them an 80-76 lead.
The Jazz also rallied from 18 points down to beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, before they dug out of a 22-point hole to stun LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat on Tuesday.
"It’s tough to do," Williams said. "It just happened for us two nights in a row. So consider us lucky."
Warriors 122, Knicks 117
David Lee scored a season-high 28 points in his return to New York, Dorell Wright made two huge baskets in the final 2 minutes, and the Warriors improved their best start in 16 years to 6-2 by beating the Knicks.
Lee grabbed his 10th rebound after Wilson Chandler missed a tying 3-point attempt and sank two clinching free throws with 1.5 seconds left, and the longtime fan favorite later jogged off to cheers after completing some postgame interviews on the court.
Thunder 109, 76ers 103
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 31 points and came up with the key baskets down the stretch to help the host Thunder hold off a late charge from the 76ers.
Bobcats 101, Raptors 96
Stephen Jackson scored 20 points, while Gerald Wallace had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help the visiting Bobcats beat the Raptors, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Bucks 108, Hawks 91
Corey Maggette scored 20 points and the Bucks handed the host Hawks their third straight loss after opening with six wins in a row.
Wizards 98, Rockets 91
Rookie John Wall got his first professional triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the host Wizards.
Yao Ming missed most of the game for the Rockets after he strained a tendon in his leg in the first quarter.
Nets 95, Cavaliers 87
Devin Harris scored a season-high 31, Kris Humphries added 13 points and 18 rebounds in his first start and the Nets snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Cavs for their first road win.
Mavericks 106, Grizzlies 91
Jason Terry scored 25 points, and Shawn Marion added 20 to lead the visiting Mavs, who have won four out of their past five.
Spurs 107, Clippers 95.
Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson scored 22 points apiece, and the host Spurs won their fifth straight.
Timberwolves 98, Kings 89
Michael Beasley scored a career-high 42 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help visiting Minnesota snap a six-game losing streak.