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Grizzlies Get Buzzer Beater From Gay to Beat Magic at FedExForum

Grizzlies slip past Magic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay hit an 18-foot jumper as time

expired Friday night to give the Memphis Grizzlies an 86-84 win

over the Orlando Magic.

The shot over Keith Bogans came as Gay came around a screen by

Marc Gasol. It gave Gay 29 points to lead the Grizzlies to their

first win in a home opener since moving to Memphis in the 2001-02

season. Gay scored 14 points in the fourth to lead the Memphis

rally.

Rookie O.J. Mayo scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds for

Memphis, while Gasol scored 10 points and guarded the Magic's

Dwight Howard.

Rashard Lewis led the Magic with 23 points, while Hedo Turkoglu

finished with 18 and seven assists. Howard had 14 points and 14

rebounds, but managed only nine shots. Jameer Nelson had 11 points.

Gasol gave Memphis a chance to win in the final minute after

blocking a Magic shot and then tipping out Quinton Ross' miss with

26 seconds left and the score tied at 84.

Gay's 21-footer bounced over the backboard giving Orlando one

last chance with 2.8 seconds left in regulation.

But with Gasol overplaying Howard in the low post, Kyle Lowry

intercepted the inbounds for Memphis, setting the stage for Gay's

shot.

Memphis trailed by 15 in the second half, but used a 13-0 run in

the early stages of the fourth quarter to erase an 11-point Magic

lead.

Orlando went more than 6 minutes without scoring during the

Memphis rally, that culminated with Lowry's drive for a 76-74 lead

with 5:32 left. From there, the teams exchanged leads, and two free

throws by Hakim Warrick with 1:08 left tied the score at 84.

Memphis, which has nine players 23 years old and younger, showed

its youth movement by starting rookies Mayo, Gasol and Darrell

Arthur, who finished with 10 rebounds.

Orlando closed the half with a 14-2 run to carry a 55-43 lead.

Lewis connected on a pair of 3-pointers at the end to build the

biggest lead of the half.

Memphis showed energy early, trying to run and pushing the ball

into the middle. However, the Magic were getting open shots.

Despite open shots, Orlando mishandled the ball for a handful of

early turnovers. That combined with poor free-throw shooting,

allowed Memphis to stay close until the final 3 minutes of the half

when Orlando put together its run.

At times, the matchup in the low post became entertaining as the

rookie Gasol battled against Howard. The Magic center managed only

four shots in the half, and at times appeared frustrated with his

physical defense.

In the third quarter, Gasol got in foul trouble, and none of the

other Grizzlies big men had the same impact, allowing Howard to be

more dominant.

Memphis allowed Orlando to build the lead to 15 before carrying

a 68-61 lead into the fourth.

Notes: Memphis exercised the fourth-year option on F Rudy Gay

and G Kyle Lowry, while picking up the third-year option on guards

Mike Conley and Javaris Crittenton. ... The last time the Grizzlies

started three rookies was their initial season in Memphis when

Shane Battier, Pau Gasol and Will Solomon started three games. ...

Howard got a technical midway through the second period. ... Gay

got a technical later in the period when he slammed the ball to the

floor after he thought he was fouled going to the basket.

  The Grizzlies next play at the Chicago Bulls with former University of Memphis star Derrick Rose Saturday Night at the United Center.

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