Summer League Recap: Grizzlies 80, Magic 73
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By John Denton
July 8, 2014
ORLANDO -- Playing with something to prove after falling out of the first round of last month’s NBA Draft, Memphis power forward Jarnell Stokes continued his stellar post play in the Orlando Pro Summer League on Tuesday.
Stokes, who fell to the 35th pick on draft night and was traded from the Golden State Warriors to Memphis, had 11 points and 12 rebounds on Tuesday to lead the Grizzlies by the Orlando Magic 80-73.
The 6-foot-9, 263-pound Stokes, who led the University of Tennessee to a deep run in the NCAA Tournament back in March, is averaging 12.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games.
The Magic (2-1) came into the game following impressive victories on Saturday and Monday, but they were flat throughout Tuesday’s game. Orlando shot 42.3 percent from the floor and got outrebounded 34-24.
Magic standout guard Victor Oladipo had 11 points and seven rebounds, but he turned the ball over twice, committed five fouls and missed eight of his 12 shots.
``We just couldn’t hit shots today. It’s going to be like that some days, just like in the NBA. It’s the game of basketball,’’ Oladipo said. ``We couldn’t get into our sets today, we were forgetting plays and making little mental mistakes. But again, we’ve got to keep getting better, watch film and learn from this.’’
Memphis (2-1) point guard Kalin Lucas had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Okaro White chipped in 11 points. Former Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (seven points and five assists) teamed up with SEC-rival Stokes to pick apart the Magic in the second half.
Orlando forward Aaron Gordon, the fourth pick in the draft, missed all three of his shots and didn’t grab a rebound in 25 minutes. He finished with four points.
Elfrid Payton, the No. 10, followed up Monday’s stellar game with six points, three assists and two steals. The Magic were a plus-12 in scoring during Payton’s 18 minutes on the floor.
Memphis led 41-39 at the half behind some tough interior play from White, who scored 11 points early in the game. Stokes was also impressive in the paint with an athletic hook shot and six first-half boards.
Oladipo was a star in the Magic’s first game on Saturday and then was held out of action on Monday. He seemed to be over anxious and trying to do too much early on Tuesday, missing five of his seven shots and being called for two charging fouls.
Payton was once again dazzling, registering five points, two assists and a blocked shot in the first half before being rested. When Payton and NBDL product Cameron Jones were on the floor in the first half, the Magic were a plus-14 on the scoreboard and allowed them to surge from seven points behind to 11 points up.
Payton had the play of the first half when he stole the ball near halfcourt, weaved his way through traffic and finished at the rim with two hands in thunderous fashion. The play is sure to make the rounds on the highlight shows throughout Tuesday.
Playing his third game in four days, Gordon had just two points in 13 first-half minutes. Both of his field goal attempts were fade-away tries and he wasn’t as aggressive going to the rim as he was in the Magic’s first two summer league games.