The Grizzlies had a let down on Monday night at the FedExForum, losing to the Hornets at home after they could not make a bucket in the second half of that game. They looked to redeem themselves as they took on the Orlando Magic without Mike Conley after he had been ruled out because of left Achilles soreness.
Evan Fournier opened the game with a three pointer, followed by another three pointer. The scouting report is still correct on him: he is good at shooting threes. The Grizzlies struggled on both ends of the court, with Marc Gasol and Andrew Harrison only scoring 5 points combined early through the first. The defense really struggled, letting the Magic get out to a lead, but when Chandler Parsons came in for Jarell Martin the Grizzlies went on a mini run of their own, pulling within six points. Chandler Parsons had three assists within two minutes of game action.
Tyreke played the backup point guard role since Mike Conley was out and scored 9 points in just 5 minutes of game action. The bench mob for the Grizzlies was able to give them their first lead over the Magic, including a last second shot to end the first quarter by Tyreke Evans.
The second quarter started just like the first quarter ended, with a Tyreke Evans basket. Evans was literally scoring on every trip down the floor. The bench for the Grizzlies changed the dynamic to the game, giving the Grizzlies a seven point lead early in the second.
Evans left the game for only a few moments. Mario Chalmers got frustrated by some poor shooting and bad calls by the officials, got a tech and three fouls in the first half, which prompted Coach David Fizdale to bring back Tyreke. Evans was up 16 points mid way through the second quarter. DJ Augustin decided to get into the party and got a technical as well after getting called for an offensive foul. After Augustin went down after a made basket, the Grizzlies decided to play five on four basketball, got four chances, and could not score a basket. It was not going well for the Grizzlies, letting the Magic sneak back into the game, just before halftime. The Grizzlies turned it over on the last possession and let the Magic tie it up just before halftime.
The Grizz started off the third quarter by giving up four straight points which immediately led to a timeout. Marc Gasol got going with 5 points early in the third quarter and Andrew Harrison had a drive to basket then a nifty assist. It was the best he’s looked on two straight possessions all year long. Tyreke came back into the game earlier than normal and provided some scoring just like he did in the first half. This seemed to get Marc going a little more with the pressure being taken off of him a little bit. The Magic were not able to sell out to Marc Gasol completely and had to stay home on Tyreke as well.
The third quarter was a back and forth by both teams, with some sloppy offense at times, but neither team was able to pull away. Once the entire bench unit was in the game, the Grizzlies slacked on defense and let the Magic get out to a seven point lead to end the third quarter.
The Grizzlies started the fourth quarter with great defense, which lead to even better offense. They were moving the ball well from side to side and getting open looks from three. They were dunking in transition after getting steals. There wasn’t anyone on the floor that could keep Tyreke from scoring the basketball, who had dropped 30 points mid way through the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies struggled on offense down stretch, the only offense was coming from Tyreke Evans. Marc Gasol tied up the basketball game with less than two minutes left in the game and then the Grizzlies proceeded to lose the ball and call a timeout. Marc Gasol drove to the basket and gave the Grizzlies the lead late only to give it right back with a wide open Aaron Gordon three pointer. The Grizzlies ended up with the ball, down one point and one possession to win the game. Mario Chalmers and Dillon Brooks both missed wide open three pointers for the win, and the Grizzlies lost to the Magic 101-99.