Derrick Favors didn't let down his guard until after Utah's 117-107 overtime conquest of the Orlando Magic was complete.

When he did, it wasn't to an Orlando defender, his coach Tyrone Corbin, or any of his family waiting for him after Utah moved one step closer to the postseason.

It was to Al Jefferson, as the two passed in the Jazz locker room.

"He told me how tired he was after having to chase all of those guards on Orlando's team," Jefferson said.

For Favors, the fatigue was well earned. The second-year power forward was integral in Utah's rally and win over the Magic. The 16 points, the 11 rebounds, the highlight-worthy dunks and the blocked shots were all well noted.

But it was his defense of Orlando's pick-and-roll, his ability to hedge against the speedy guards the Magic were able to put on the floor, that went a long way towards allowing the Jazz to win a game they had to have.

When Favors wasn't on the floor, Orlando's Jameer Nelson had his way with Utah's defense, consistently getting into the lane off the dribble, scoring himself or kicking the ball out to Jason Richardson or Ryan Anderson for easy 3-pointers.