Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, January 3rd

Grizzlies 107


Magic 97

(1-7, 0-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 12, 2003

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 24 31 25 27107
    ORL 26 23 29 1997

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Orl: T. McGrady 36 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Grizzlies' front court dominates

    ORLANDO (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies gave up a season-high 36 points to Tracy McGrady, but only two were in the fourth quarter.

    That was one of the keys Wednesday night as the Grizzlies handed the Orlando Magic their seventh consecutive loss, 107-97 Wednesday night.

    Forwards Pau Gasol and James Posey had 28 and 24 points, respectively, in leading the Grizzlies to their second road win of the season.

    The Grizzlies, who beat the Lakers on Monday night, upped their record to 4-4 -- matching the best start in franchise history. They won four of their first eight games in 2000.

    They used their superior front court to dominate the game and closed it out with a 15-0 Run, featuring two 3-pointers by Posey and one by Jay Williams.

    It was Posey's defense against McGrady in the final quarter that settled the outcome.

    "The thing about our team now is that we have so many options," said reserve forward Shane Battier. "And the job Posey did against him in the second half was the difference. We were able to really gang up against him throughout the game, making him work."

    McGrady scored with 6:42 remaining, giving the Magic their last lead, 89-87. But it was his only basket of the fourth period, and McGrady limped off in the final seconds with a strained tendon in his right ankle.

    The Magic held a 47-37 rebounding edge, but their lack of balance cost them. Orlando (1-7) is off to the worst start in franchise history, losing six consecutive home games.

    "I think we're playing better now, and I still believe in this team," Magic Coach Doc Rivers said. "But we're two things away from being a good team, mental toughness and closing out quarters."

    Game notes

    McGrady, Gasol and Posey all had season highs. ... Memphis outscored the Magic 19-8 in fast-break points. . . . . Memphis was 9-of-19 on 3-pointers, while the Magic managed only 3-of-12 ... The Magic are without Pat Garrity (knee) and Gordan Giricek (arch), their two best long-range shooters.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 97
    FGM-FGA 33-74 (.446) 38-84 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 9-19 (.474) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 32-42 (.762) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-37 17-47
    Assists 18 20
    Turnovers 11 13
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 8 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 31 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 28
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 36
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1