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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies explode in second half to topple Magic 92-75

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies allowed only 15 points in the third quarter, which ties the least points the team has given up in a single quarter this season. (2/10/21 vs. CHA)… The 21-point margin ties the Grizzlies’ highest single quarter margin of victory in any quarter this season.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies parlayed a high-flying Ja Morant windmill alley-oop at the end of the second quarter into momentum as they came out of the tunnel in the second half energized, ripping off a 41-8 start to the second half; leading to an 82-58 advantage with 10:43 to play in the game.

Game Recap

It was a tale of two halves for the Memphis Grizzlies as they came back to beat the Orlando Magic 92-75 on Friday night inside FedExForum.

Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 20 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jonas Valančiūnas returned to his double-double ways with 14 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Anderson added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists while tying his season high with three blocks .Ja Morant filled the box score with eight points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals while Brandon Clarke shot 4-for-6 for nine points, three rebounds and two steals.

Cole Anthony tallied 15 points and six rebounds while Mo Bamba turned in a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double off the bench for the Magic.

The Grizzlies came out hot in the first quarter with a quick 10-0 run but went cold offensively as the Magic took a 20-19 lead at the end of a slow first period. Memphis shot 29 percent while Orlando shot 30 percent from the field.

The Magic looked to extend their lead in the second quarter as the Grizzlies struggled to find the bottom of the net. Orlando stretched the lead to nine until the Grizzlies pushed back at the end of the quarter. Brooks found Morant on the fast break for a windmill alley-oop to bring the score to 43-39 with Orlando leading at the half.

The Grizzlies flipped the switch in the third quarter with a 34-9 run to take the lead and build a commanding lead. The run carried over into the fourth quarter until the Grizzlies had a commanding 24-point lead at 82-58. The Grizzlies led by at least 13 points the rest of the way.

Memphis held Orlando to 75 points on 31.4 percent shooting, the least points scored by an opponent this season.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will look to sweep the season series as they visit the Magic inside the Amway Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the game on Bally Sports Southeast or tune in to 92.9 FM ESPN

Team Quotes

Team Notes

  • The Memphis Grizzlies will play their final 11 regular season games over a 17-day stretch, starting with tonight’s first game of a home-and-home back-to-back with the Orlando Magic.
  • Tonight was the first meeting between the Grizzlies and the Magic this season… The last time the two teams met was on March 10, 2020, at FedExForum in what was the Grizzlies’ final contest before the 2019-20 season postponement.
  • The Grizzlies ended a three-game losing streak to the Magic, picking up their first win over Orlando since Mar. 10, 2019… The Magic will have a chance to even the season series on Saturday as they host the Grizzlies inside Amway Center.
  • Memphis has played the NBA’s most-difficult strength of schedule to this point (.513) but will have the league’s second-easiest strength of schedule the rest of the season (.408).
  • The Grizzlies forced 20 turnovers and outscored the Magic 20-9 in points off turnovers and 29-11 on fast break points… Memphis entered the game ranked inside the NBA’s top 10 in points off turnovers (18.9, 1st), percentage of total scoring off turnovers (16.6%, 3rd) and opponent turnover percentage (14.8%, T-8th).
  • Memphis limited the Magic to 75 points on 31.4 percent shooting and limited Orlando to on six 3-pointers… The Magic’s 75 points are the least scored by a Grizzlies opponent this season.

Player Notes

  • Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 20 points (7-18 FG), two rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes… Memphis improved to 14-6 this season when Brooks scores 20-or-more points.
  • Jonas Valanciunas returned to his double-double ways with 14 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes… His double-double rate (.777) would set a franchise record for a single season (Zach Randolph, .718 in 2010-11)
  • Kyle Anderson added 13 points and six rebounds and two assists while tying his season high with three blocks.
  • Ja Morant filled the box score with eight points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.
  • Brandon Clarke was 4-for-6 for nine points, three rebounds and two steals.
  • Mo Bamba posted a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes to lead Orlando.

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