That was one of the keys Wednesday night as the Grizzlies handed
the Orlando Magic their seventh consecutive loss, 107-97 Wednesday
Forwards Pau Gasol and James Posey had 28 and 24 points,
respectively, in leading the Grizzlies to their second road win of
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
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
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.