Grizzlies at Magic Highlights
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Magic spells trouble for Grizzlies in Orlando
Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points off the bench, Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier added 22 points each and the Orlando Magic topped the struggling Memphis Grizzlies 119-107 on Sunday night.
The Grizzlies, trying to hold onto the fifth seed in the Western Conference, have lost six straight games for their longest skid since November 2009. Memphis (41-36) held just a half-game lead over Portland for the fifth spot heading into Sunday night's action.
Orlando, meanwhile, has won three straight games at home and four of its last five. The Magic (33-44) continued their offensive surge that had seen them average more than 118 points in their previous four games heading into Sunday.
Memphis was led by Matt Barnes, who had 24 points. Zach Randolph added 15 points.
The Magic, who led by as many as 20 in the third, shot 48 percent from the field and converted 10 3-pointers. -- By Terrance Harris/AP
Next Home Game
The Grizzlies return to FedExForum on Tuesday, April 5 when they host the Chicago Bulls. Tuesday is also the final Grizzlies Beer Tasting Night. Included in the cost is your ticket for the game, hors d'oeuvres (served periodically), a sampling of micro brews, and receive a commemorative Grizzlies pint glass exclusive to each event.
Key Stat of the Night
- The Grizzlies out-rebounded Orlando, 46-43.
Key Run of the Night
- The Grizzlies scored 22 points in the paint to close the first quarter.
On the game
It was a good game. We just didn’t get enough stops. Too much (Nikola) Vucevic. Too much (Victor) Oladipo. They got off to a quick start and were comfortable offensively. They’re a talented team now and they’re a good team. We fought, never let go of the rope and just couldn’t get the result we wanted.
-- Coach Dave Joerger
On the team's struggles with injuries
Right now we just are trying to figure out how to get over the hump. Each game we feel like we can win and we should win. It hurts when you don’t so it is plain and simple. At this point there is nothing to talk about. We can sit here and rah-rah and motivate and say what we need to do, but until we get it done on the court all the motivational speeches don’t matter. We just have to get over the hump. It is not an excuse now. We are playing for a playoff spot and to stay in the playoffs so we just have to figure it out. Guys have been around long enough to not use it as an excuse so we just have to stay the course. It sucks and there is a dark cloud over us right now but we can still see the light of day. It is still possible. We just have to win a couple of games and everything should feel a little better. We just have to stay the course and figure it out. It is just plain and simple at this point. We just have to force ourselves into wins right now. I don’t know about the pressure. It is just personally speaking but I think we want to play well so bad we overdo it. We don’t come out settled or come out relaxed or just trying to do too much sometimes. We just have to find an even ground and just get it done. Right now I don’t have any magical saying but we just have to get it done and find a way.
-- Vince Carter
On the game
Definitely a tough loss. It is frustrating. Just trying to win and trying to do it the best we can with the best we got out there and play and try to win and play hard. You have to give that young team credit they have a bunch of young players. They have Vucevic. He should have been an All-Star already and a good player like him…it is a game.
-- Zach Randolph