MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 25 (Ticker) --
A huge fourth quarter made the
Memphis Grizzlies forget they were missing their leading scorer.
scored eight points and Stromile Swift
as the Grizzlies erupted for 32 in the final period and posted a
95-83 triumph over the Orlando Magic without injured forward
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Winners of 11 of their previous 13 games, the Grizzlies learned
they would be without Gasol - their leading scorer and rebounder
with averages of 18.9 points and 8.2 boards - for at least five
games with plantar fasciaitis.
Despite Gasol's absence, Memphis remained close, entering the
break tied at 42-42 and trailing by just one point after three
"There isn't any pressure when a guy goes down on this team,"
Swift said. "We've got enough guys on this team that can play.
That's the difference with our team."
"When their top players are out, other players are going to step
in and play well," Magic guard Steve Francis
said. "With their
rotation, they can do that."
Orlando, which shot just 29 percent (5-of-17) in the fourth
period, was unable to pull away after taking a 69-65 lead with 9
1/2 minutes remaining and held just a 79-77 advantage following
Francis' jumper with 4:21 to go.
The Grizzlies then took control as a three-point play by Swift
and a 3-pointer by Miller - who was activated from the injured
list earlier - ignited a 10-0 run that put Memphis ahead, 87-79,
with 1:31 remaining.
"The bottom line is we were rebounding, we were getting out and
running and we were making shots," Miller said.
scored the final four points of the burst while
Swift - who started in place of Gasol - added a pair of baskets
down the stretch to secure the Grizzlies' sixth win in seven
"Stromile stepped in and did a great job," Magic center Tony Battie
said. "You're supposed to be on the bench licking your
chops, ready to go in. I'm glad to see he did that, not for us,
but for him."
Swift had 18 points and nine rebounds while blocking three
shots, including two in the latter stages of the fourth quarter.
"I thought they'd start trying to take some jump shots, but they
kept coming at me," Swift said. "I saw they were coming at me,
so I started trying to block shots and change shots."
"Stromile had some huge defensive plays late in the game that
looked like baskets for them and turned out to be baskets for
us," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello
Memphis used an 11-0 spurt to grab a 21-10 lead with 3:38 to go
in the first quarter, with Battier scoring five points during
the burst. But with his team trailing, 27-17, early in the
second period, Orlando guard Jameer Nelson
scored seven straight
points to pull the Magic within three with 8:47 remaining.
scored six points during an 8-1 run that forged a
42-42 tie at the half, and Orlando went on an 8-2 burst to take
a 59-53 lead with three minutes to go in the third quarter. Doug
Christie scored all seven of his points during the Magic's
and Lorenzen Wright
each chipped in 12 and eight for
Memphis, which has won eight of its last 10 home games.
Francis and Hill scored 18 points apiece for the Magic, who
failed to surpass 85 points for the second straight game.
Orlando scored a season-low 78 points in Monday's loss to
"We're still making the same mistakes we were making in week one
and week two," Francis said. "We're playing hard, but when you
don't move the ball and you don't get the shots, you can't get