Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, December 2nd

Grizzlies 94

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Magic 85

(0-2, 0-2 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 26 17 25 2694
    ORL 22 18 22 2385

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Orl: S. Francis 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    Eddie's money: Jones hits five 3's in Grizzlies' win

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies found out things are a lot better when you hit shots.

    The Grizzlies, who shot only 34 percent in their season-opening loss, warmed up nicely on a visit to Florida, hitting 47 percent from the field, including 10 3-pointers, in a 94-85 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

    Eddie Jones hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points to get the Grizzlies' offense untracked and Pau Gasol had nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to spark Memphis to its first win this season.

    "We just executed a lot better than we did in the opener," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "Eddie (Jones) was hot for awhile and Pau answered some big hoops when we had to have them in the fourth quarter."

    The Grizzlies' improved shooting helped their defense.

    "I think we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves the other night and when we didn't make shots, we stopped playing defense," Jones said. "That hurt us, but it didn't happen (against the Magic). We still have a lot of room to improve."

    The Grizzlies did get past a frightening moment late in the third quarter when Shane Battier sustained a large cut across the top of his head after an inadvertent elbow from Magic center Kelvin Cato.

    Battier pump-faked Cato into the air, then jumped right into the Magic center's elbow trying to get a shot off. A pool of blood quickly formed on Battier's head and he needed eight stitches to close the wound.

    He returned for the final 2:39 of the game and finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

    "Shane is a tough guy, but I think all that blood made it look worse than it really was," teammate Damon Stoudamire said. "He just got hit in a bad spot."

    Steve Francis had 22 points for the Magic (0-2), who have lost both games at home, while Dwight Howard fought through foul trouble to score 16.

    The Magic struggled to sustain any offense throughout the game. They had spurts of production in both halves, but each was short-lived.

    "I didn't like our offensive execution at all," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "I didn't expect us to come flying out of the gate to start the season, but I have faith in these guys. We've got to work harder and execute better at the offensive end."

    Francis blamed the trouble on "over-thinking."

    "Everybody is trying to be real precise and that's causing us too many mistakes," he said.

    The Grizzlies took control in the middle of the fourth quarter after Orlando had gotten within 72-70 on two free throws by Cato. Gasol hit consecutive jump shots and Jones made a 3 and Memphis gradually pulled away.

    Neither team could sustain an offensive run in the first half that ended with Memphis in front 43-40.

    The Magic hit seven of their first eight shots from the field, but struggled after that. Francis had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and was the only Orlando player in double figures at halftime.

    Battier sparked an 11-2 run that gave Memphis a 65-56 lead with 1:39 left in the third quarter. The forward started the rally with a three-point play and finished it with two free throws after running into Cato's elbow.

    Game notes

    The Magic activated C Mario Kasun and put F Pat Garrity on the inactive list before the game. ... Memphis was 10-of-22 on 3-pointers after going 4-of-17 in the opener. ... The Magic were only 1-of-10 from 3-point territory. ... Magic C Tony Battie had six of his team-high seven rebounds in the first quarter. ... The Grizzlies presented C Lorenzen Wright with a birthday cake before the game. He turned 30.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 85
    FGM-FGA 32-68 (.471) 33-71 (.465)
    3PM-3PA 10-22 (.455) 1-10 (.100)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 18-25 (.720)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-33 11-36
    Assists 17 15
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 4 6
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 14 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 11 6

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Steve Francis Francis
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1