Memphis Grizzlies Grab Magic’s Good Mojo
All great things come to an eventual end, as the Orlando Magic lost 86-81 Wednesday night to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. To be honest, both teams looked eager to enter the All-Star Break as swiftly as possible. Memphis wore down their hosts with their much maligned halfcourt sets and slowed-down pace. Memphis won despite only shooting 2-of-12 from 3-point range thanks to their 46-32 points in the paint as well as 14-4 fast break point advantages. Orlando could not stretch their young legs the entire evening and paid for it. The defeat is also Jacque Vaughn’s 100th loss as a Head Coach.
Zach Randolph led all scorers with 20 points. Former Magic man Courtney Lee chipped in with 17. Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris each posted 13 points. Glen Davis was the only Orlando starter to shoot fifty percent or better. Big Baby had 12 points. Therein lied the problem, Orlando couldn’t count on anyone to score. The Magic’s main ballhandlers – Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo – combined for a putrid 5-for-21 shooting.
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- Orlando was seeking its first 4-game win streak since December 2012. Jacque Vaughn’s squad had been victorious in 5 consecutive Amway Center outings.
- Lake Howell local product Nick Calathes has been averaging 15 points, 7 boards, and 7 assists as a starter with Mike Conley out hurt. The Orlando man once again started with Conley hurt. Calathes tonight had 12 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
- Since Marc Gasol returned from his injury hiatus, Memphis has defensively only been giving up 87 points per game in that span. It showed early as neither team wanted to score points. Memphis was up 8-4 six minutes into the contest.
- The Magic whipped out the tribute videos for Mike Miller and Courtney Lee late in the period.
- Memphis led 24-17 after one period. Orlando shot a putrid 36.8 FG%, Grizzlies at 52.4 FG%.
- Orlando was down (surprise, surprise) 13 points at the midway point of the second period before sparking off a 7-0 run in a lightning quick 1:32.
- Orlando trailed 34-42 at halftime. Magic shot 39.5 FG%. Memphis held an 8-2 fast break points advantage and 12-7 advantage on assists. Glen Davis led all scorers with 10 points.
- A 9-2 run got the pinstriped patrolmen down just 3 midway through the third period. A lot of that had to do with Marc Gasol injuring his left knee and not returning.
- A Nikola Vucevic And-1 tied the contest at 50-50 with 5:54 remaining in the 3rd quarter. An Arron Afflalo 3-pointer would hand the Magic a one-point lead thirty seconds later as the home side officially appeared awake.
- Orlando was only down 64-61 entering the final period as Magic got their shooting percentage about even with Memphis at 46 FG%. The stage was set for the ‘Young Guns’ once more.
- Orlando still trailed 72-71 with 6:42 remaining the contest the 15,310 Amway Center spectators were witnessing a grind-it-out type of finish.
- Nikola Vucevic picked up his 5th double-double in his last 6 games on a possession that found the Montenegrin beating the buzzer on a jumper to put Orlando up 77-76 at the 4-minute mark. ‘Vooch’ managed 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- A rare speedy lefty lay-up from Jameer on the right baseline momentarily gave the Magic a one-point lead with 2 minutes left before Zach Randolph answered with a jump shot.
- A questionable clear path foul called on Afflalo with 35.7 seconds left allowed Courtney Lee to drill 2 free throws and have the ball back at 82-79. It was a huge punch in the gut. Memphis would convert with a Zach Randolph bucket to put Orlando down 5 with 20.5 seconds left. Game over.
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The Magic enter the All-Star Break with a 16-38 record. Orlando is off until Tuesday where they will begin a stretch of playing six of the next seven games on the road.
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