Jones leads Grizzlies past Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones netted 25 points and Pao Gasol
added 22 along with eight rebounds as Memphis downed Orlando 94-85 at TD
The Grizzlies earned their first victory of the young season by knocking down
10-of-22 shots from three-point range, with Jones hitting 5-of-10. The Magic,
which lost their second in a row to start the year, went just 1-of-10 from
beyond the arc.
Damon Stoudamire contributed 17 points for Memphis, which rebounded from
Wednesday’s 97-78 home loss to Miami.
Steve Francis amassed 22 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard had 16
points in defeat.
Memphis trailed 48-46 three minutes into the second half before embarking on
an 8-0 run to move in front. Shane Battier ignited the spurt with a three-
pointer and Jones ended it when he was fouled after converting a layup with
7:37 left in the third quarter. He sunk the subsequent free-throw attempt for
a 54-48 Grizzlies’ lead.
Orlando answered with five consecutive points to close within one, but Battier
made a three-point play and Jones followed with a trey to spark a 9-2 rally
which put Memphis ahead 63-54 with two minutes to go in the period.
The Magic would fight back and pulled to within 70-68 on Jameer Nelson’s steal
and layup with 10:22 left to play. Orlando was down by three midway through
the fourth quarter before Memphis reeled off nine of the next 11 points,
highlighted by a clutch triple by Jones, to go up 85-76 with less than three
minutes to go.
Orlando would get as close as five points down, 88-83, when Howard hit two
foul shots with 31 seconds left, but four consecutive free throws by
Stoudamire and Jones in the final moments sealed the win.
The Magic started the game strong, as Orlando hit five of its initial seven
shots and opened out to a quick 10-4 lead, with Francis producing the first
six points. However, a 7-0 run featuring Lorenzen Wright’s three-point
play and capped by Stoudamire’s fast break layup would later put Memphis up
19-16 with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter.
Orlando would forge back ahead, but Mike Miller drained a three-pointer in the
final seconds of the period and Bobby Jackson buried a jumper at the buzzer to
give the Grizzlies a 26-22 edge after the first 12 minutes.
The game remained tight throughout the second quarter, but Memphis began to
assert control late in the first half. Gasol threw down a dunk off a
Stoudamire steal, then drove the lane and scored on the Grizzlies’ next trip
down the court for a 41-38 advantage with under 30 seconds left. However, Hedo
Turkoglu made a baseline runner with time winding down to bring Orlando within
three points at the break.
The Magic outscored Memphis 8-2 to begin the third quarter to grab a 48-46
lead, their last of the night.
Battier needed eight stitches to close a cut on his head late in the third
quarter but returned to action…Orlando’s Pat Garrity was placed on the
inactive list prior to the game with a knee injury, with center Mario Kasun
dressing in his place…The Magic were also without guard Keyon Dooling, who
missed his second straight contest with an injured heel…Magic head coach Bob
Hill was an assistant under Grizzlies’ head man Mike Fratello from 1986-90
when Fratello was in charge of the Atlanta Hawks…Orlando is off to its first
0-2 start since the 1990-91 campaign…Memphis has now won six of the last
seven meetings between the clubs.