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Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies, final score 96-106: Jeff Green has Grizzlies playing above the rim

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Zach Randolph reached the 15,000 point milestone in the win

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Despite Orlando rookie Elfrid Payton's career night, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to get the job done in Orlando, riding a 21-point effort from newly-acquired Jeff Green on the way to a 106-96 victory. Here's my three takeaways from the win:

1) Jeff Green Destroyed Victor Oladipo (Twice!)

Oh, so that's what all this athletic small forward business looks like. And then in the fourth quarter, he did it again!

2) Revenge Game

Three current Grizzlies have suited up for the Magic in the past, and two of them made a significant impact in the game tonight. With Mike Conley missing the game due to a sprained ankle Beno Udrih got the start, and put forth his highest-scoring effort since January 2nd with 15 points and five assists on 6-12 shooting.

Courtney Lee was a member of the Orlando Magic team that lost in the NBA Finals in 2009, and after a rough 3-10 start tonight he bounced back in the second half to finish with 16 points on 6-14 from the field. Vince Carter also spent nearly two seasons with the Magic at the start of the decade, but didn't make much of a dent tonight. Carter played only seven minutes and failed to score.

3) Big Men Hit Milestones

Both Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol logged double doubles in the win while hitting milestones along the way. Gasol notched his highest-rebounding total of the season, hauling down 16 rebounds in addition to 12 points. Entering the game Marc's season-high for rebounds was just 12, and the 16 he grabbed tonight are the most since a May 2011 loss to Oklahoma City.

Z-Bo finished with with 12 rebounds of his own, and in the third quarter surpassed 15,000 career points. Randolph scored 18 in the win, and sits at 132nd on the NBA's all-time scoring list.