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
Rookie O.J. Mayo scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds for
Memphis, while Gasol scored 10 points and guarded the Magic's
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
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
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
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
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.