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Final Score: Memphis Slides Past Orlando in Preseason Opener, 102-97

Basketball is back! Well, sort of. The Memphis Grizzlies had their home preseason opener tonight, and they pulled out a win against the new-look Orlando Magic.

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Tonight, Coach Fizdale made his coaching debut with his new Grizzlies squad. In the first quarter, James Ennis made the first Grizz bucket of the night. Marc Gasol was aggressive early on in the game and had 10 points overall. In the first quarter, Vince Carter entered the game to a loud ovation from the crowd. He didn't make much impact in the game, but it was nice to see him out on the court healthy again. The Grizz killer of the night was Evan Fournier (18 pts), and the Grizzlies could've really used Tony Allen to defend him. TA was listed on the injury list with a right knee injury.

In the second quarter, the Magic were up by as much as 7, but Memphis cut it to one by halftime. Mike Conley heated up in the second quarter and appeared in good shape, but he didn't get tons of playing time tonight. Instead, some of the younger players stepped up to grab the win. Most notably, Wade Baldwin made an impressive debut with 15 points. Also, DJ Stephens made a dramatic entrance with several emphatic dunks. He showcased his athleticism and showed he belongs on an NBA roster.

In the second half, the score stayed tight, and the game was tied up with less than three minutes to go. The hero of the final stretch for Memphis was Wayne Selden, who scored a three with less then 30 seconds left in the game to put Memphis up three. DJ Stephens clinched the game with two free throws, and Memphis came away with the win.

Coach Fizdale was overall happy with his team's performance: