Howard helps Magic pound Grizzlies
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 31
points and 11 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, as Orlando kept
its eye toward the playoffs with a 116-89 pounding of Memphis at Amway Arena.
Howard was 10-of-13 from the floor, Grant Hill finished with 15 points on 7-
of-8 shooting and Hedo Turkoglu netted 15 points as well on 5-of-6 from the
floor. Orlando shot a scorching 58.2 percent as a team, staying a game ahead
of Indiana for the last spot and a game behind New Jersey for the seventh
position in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Orlando got set to embark on a three-game road trip by snapping a brief two-
“It was real big,” Howard said of the win. “We really needed this win tonight.
We came out as a team, with a conscious effort to just dominate on all
cylinders and I think we did a good job.”
Chucky Atkins led Memphis with 18 points and Tarance Kinsey added 15 points.
Hakim Warrick and Pau Gasol donated 14 points apiece for Memphis, which has
lost five straight games.
The Magic scored the game’s first seven points, a definite sign of things to
come throughout the contest. After a Warrick free throw, Orlando ran off 15
straight points for a 25-3 lead.
Hill scored seven points during the stretch and Trevor Ariza finished it off
with reverse slam with 4:30 left in the first stanza.
Memphis didn’t make a field goal until Alexander Johnson’s bucket with 4:14 on
Orlando led 35-14 after one quarter and 61-44 at halftime.
The Grizzlies scored the initial six points of the second half, drawing within
61-50 on Warrick’s jumper with 10:46 to play. However, Orlando answered with a
20-4 stretch to turn the game into a rout.
A Tony Battie slam and two free throws each from Turkoglu and Howard capped
the spurt. The Magic made 35-of-44 from the charity stripe on the night.
Memphis had won three of its last four in Orlando…The Grizzlies had also won
four straight in the series…The Magic improved to 23-16 at home this
season…Orlando now heads to Milwaukee, Detroit and Philadelphia…Memphis
dropped to 7-33 on the road…Both teams made 3-of-9 from beyond the