ORLANDO, Fla. -- No Mo? No problem. At least for Sunday night.
After learning that starting point guard Mo Williams is out indefinitely, the Utah Jazz found a way to win without him, rallying for a 97-93 victory over the Orlando Magic to conclude a four-game road trip.
Utah (15-14) had lost its last two games by combined 36 points, including Saturday's 105-89 pasting by the Miami Heat, but rallied from a 16-point first half deficit and somehow managed to keep Orlando (12-15) at bay in the final two minutes.
"This team never ceases to amaze me," said Utah coach Tyrone Corbin. "They continue to fight, work their way through adversity and overcome their mistakes. We hung in there after not playing our best basketball in the first quarter."
Jamaal Tinsley, who started in Williams place, got to deliver the two game clinching free throws with 1.7 seconds left after Orlando's Gustavo Ayon missed two that could have tied it.
Along with Earl Watson (seven assists), Tinsley (11 points) came up big in the back court and especially in the clutch. The key sequence was a Jazz transition play where he fed Gordon Hayward, who dished back to Tinsley, who then found Randy Foye (10 points) for a wide-open three that gave Utah a 91-87 with 2:15.
Orlando, which led 30-18 at the end of the first quarter, closed to a point twice on J.J. Reddick three-pointers, but could never take the lead.
"JT and Earl were tremendous," Corbin said. "They pushed the pace and advanced the ball up the court."
While Tinsley will get Williams' minutes, he admits it's part of the business.
"You don't wish that on anybody," the ten-year veteran said. "We want Mo to get well and come back soon. That's just the NBA. Someone goes down and someone else gets the opportunity, but you don't want that. "
Paul Millsap's 18 points led a balanced Utah scoring effort that saw six players in double figures and all contributing at the right time.
The "second group" led by Hayward (17 points), Derrick Favors (12) and Alec Burks (eight) worked the Jazz back into contention after Orlando had turned a 50-49 Utah lead into a 61-52 deficit with a 12-2 run.
"I feel I'm ready whenever my name is called," Burks said. "I got drafted on my ability to get to the rim and I'm going to keep using it until somebody stops it."
Arron Afflalo had 20 points for Orlando.
Now the question for Utah as it heads into holiday break is how long Williams will be gone or the extent of his thumb injury, which happened Saturday at Miami.
The Jazz's number three scorer (13.3 per game) and the NBA's tenth leading assist maker (6.8) underwent an MRI Sunday in Orlando. That test only revealed damage. Team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason will examine when the team returns to Salt Lake City.
Williams underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in the thumb back in 2008.
"Mo is the guy that drives the pace for us," Corbin said. "We're going to miss him, we'll see how long this thing is, but hopefully it's shorter than longer."
NOTES: Orlando was without its second-leading scorer, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who is expected to out four to six weeks after suffering a sprained left shoulder in the final minute of Wednesday's 90-83 victory over Washington ... Al Jefferson had made just three field goals in the last two games, but connected on six Sunday and had 12 points and nine rebounds... Utah won in Orlando for just the second time in its last eight trips here.