Utah Jazz 89, Orlando Magic 88

SALT LAKE CITY — Like most of the Orlando Magic’s preceding road trips, this swing through the West is turning into a road trip from hell.

It didn’t have to be that way Saturday night.

The Magic seemed on the verge of a confidence-building, comeback road win over the Utah Jazz until everything went wrong in the final 19.6 seconds. They allowed an easy layup. Then their best player, Arron Afflalo, iced by blunders by the timekeeper and the referees, missed one of two foul shots. And, finally, to cap it all off, they allowed a go-ahead 3-pointer by Trey Burke from the right corner after Gordon Hayward sliced through their defense.

The end result: an 89-88 loss. And more heartbreak.

“It’s been tough for us on the road,” Magic center Nik Vucevic said. “We haven’t been playing very well. I don’t know what it is. Maybe the approach? The preparation? We’ve got to do a better job of that. Unfortunately, a lot of those games were kind of also close to where we could have maybe won if we had made some plays. But we’ve got to keep learning, keep fighting through it.”

What made Saturday’s loss so frustrating is how far the Magic had come. They trailed by as many as 14 points early in the third quarter and then 10 points with 8:53 to go in the fourth quarter. But they fought back to take an 83-81 lead on a stepback jumper by Victor Oladipo from the right elbow with 29.9 seconds remaining.

After both teams traded free throws, Orlando held an 87-84 lead with 19.6 seconds to go.

Then everything went haywire for the Magic.

It took 7.1 seconds for Hayward and Derrick Favors to execute a pick-and-roll that ended with an easy layup by Favors.

Only 12.5 seconds remained in the game.

The Magic inbounded the ball to Afflalo, and the Jazz immediately fouled him.

No one immediately realized that no time had ticked off the clock.

Afflalo, an 81.9 percent free-throw shooter, sank his first foul shot, putting Orlando ahead 88-86.

But then the referees realized the timekeeper’s mistake. Referee Bennett Salvatore went to the scorer’s table to review the film to see how much time had elapsed. He determined that four-tenths of a second should have been taken off the game clock and the error was corrected.

Afflalo then missed his second foul shot off the back of the rim.

Asked afterward if the delay had any impact on him, Afflalo answered, “No. I just missed it.”

But the Jazz took advantage of the miss.

Utah corralled the rebound and gave the ball to Hayward, who dribbled the length of the court and through the Magic defense along the left edge of the lane. His penetration prompted Oladipo to slide over from the left side to stand near Favors in the center of the lane and prevent Favors from receiving a pass.

Hayward almost reached the baseline, then hurled a pass to Burke in the right corner.

Oladipo closed out as quickly as he could and contested the shot, but Burke launched a high-arcing shot just over Oladipo’s fingertips. The shot sailed through the hoop and put the Jazz ahead 89-88 with 1.9 seconds to go, prompting the crowd inside EnergySolutions Arena to roar.