ORLANDO, Fla. -- For J.J. Redick, the difference between success and failure in the NBA largely has come down to self-confidence. He plays well when he has faith in himself.
His confidence is flowing after Monday night.
Redick scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic defeated the Utah Jazz 104-99 at Amway Arena.
"I'm just going to roll with it right now," Redick said.
Magic officials consider Redick one of the team's best conditioned players, and it showed as he played the entire fourth quarter. In November, Redick received the team's Iron Magic award for his performance on a variety of agility, speed and strength tests. He even received a championship belt for his victory.
But for him, the real prize came in last season's Eastern Conference semifinal series. He started all seven games against the Boston Celtics, and the experience gave him a dose of confidence that carried into this season.
"He is playing with great confidence -- and for good reason," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Success breeds confidence, and he's playing very, very well. On top of the confidence, the guy is just so focused and tough. He's on top of everything."
Redick needed that confidence Monday night.
He led the team in scoring during the first half and also provided one of the better hustle plays for the Magic this season when he crashed into a baseline billboard as he chased after a loose ball.
But he still didn't get into the game in the third quarter.
In the past, that might have disrupted his shooting rhythm, but he responded well when he came onto the court at the beginning of the fourth period. He made a 14-foot floater along the baseline to give the Magic a 72-68 lead. Later, he drove past Ronnie Brewer and made a layup to cut Utah's lead to 86-84.
The play showed how much Redick's game has developed since the Magic used the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft to select him. Back then, the knock on Redick was that he didn't have the speed to create his own shot or defend.
He has eliminated those weaknesses through his grueling offseason workout regimen. On Monday afternoon, he was talking with his former coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, about the need to constantly master his craft.
The plan is working.
As Redick walked out of the Magic locker room, Dwight Howard yelled, "Bye, MVP!"
The quip brought a smile to Redick's face.