Recap: Memphis Grizzlies 94 – Orlando Magic 85, late comeback falls short
The Orlando Magic lost their sixth straight game on Monday night, falling on the road in Memphis 94-85. The Grizzlies led big for the majority of the night thanks to a 19-0 run that spanned nearly seven minutes between the first and second quarters. Orlando fought back in the second half to cut the lead to as few as four with 2:06 remaining, but an exhausted bunch was unable to get more stops.
Andrew Nicholson secured his 4th career double-double after scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jameer Nelson also had 19 points and Arron Afflalo had 17.
Jacque Vaughn, clearly frustrated with the performance of his second unit, decided to go iron man in the second half with most of his squad. Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo and Glen Davis all played the entire second half. The only substitution was in a three minute span that saw Nicholson get a brief rest.
Memphis, missing Marc Gasol/Tony Allen/Quincy Pondexter, shot the ball extremely well from three-point distance as the Magic continue to get burned from deep. The Grizz shot 10-17 on three-point attempts tonight after averaging just 31% on the season so far. While it would be convenient to offer up that Memphis simply got hot from outside, it’s important to note that the Magic were ranked 26th in the league heading into the game in opponent’s 3pt%.
Memphis was led by Zach Randolph’s 19 point, 12 rebound effort and Jon Leuer’s 16 point, 12 rebound effort. Both seemed quite pleased that Magic big man Nik Vucevic was once again out with a sprained ankle.
For Orlando, they created a hole that was just too vast to crawl out of. They are getting virtually zero production from their bench and are struggling to really get anything going until it’s too late. The Magic have now dropped 10 of their last 12 and are desperate for the return of Vucevic and Tobias Harris.
The Magic are now 6-15 on the season and 1-10 on the road. They conclude their long road trip on Wednesday night in Charlotte and return home Friday night against the Cavs.