Orlando was not the happiest place on earth for the Memphis Grizzlies as they lost 118-86 in an ugly game against the Orlando Magic. The Grizzlies only scored eight points in the 4th quarter and generally struggled with the length of the Magic the entire night.
The first quarter was an absolute mess for the Grizzlies as they struggled hanging on to the ball because the crazy wingspan of the Magic. They committed 8 turnovers in the period and scored only 15 points while shooting just 26% from the field. Jonathan Isaac, who came into the game with a league-leading 3 BPG, in particular was a thorn in the Grizzlies’ side, blocking two shots. The Grizzlies trailed 27-15.
However, the Grizzlies’ front court turned the Magic’s length into a weakness in the second quarter. Jonas Valanciunas overwhelmed defensively-deficient Nikola Vucevic, making two threes and scoring 10 points in the quarter. Jaren Jackson Jr. finally broke out of his slump and was able to take advantage of the thinner Jonathan Isaac down low. He would score 8 points in the frame and did a superb job of altering nearly every shot the Magic took in the paint (all while committing just one foul!).
He also had one of the nastiest poster dunks that you will ever see.
OH MY JAREN JACKSON pic.twitter.com/hSbHdOIL98— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) November 9, 2019
The Magic would take a 51-48 halftime lead behind 27 combined points from Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. Valanciunas and Jackson led the Grizzlies with 13 and 10 points respectively as the Grizzlies shot 47% from the field and 50% on 5-10 shooting from beyond the arc.
Although the Grizzlies finished the first half strong, infamous Grizz killer Evan Fournier made two threes in the opening minutes of the third quarter to allow the Magic to go on a 8-0 run. But the Grizzlies would respond and stay in the game through a balanced diet of scoring—no Grizzly made more than one field goal in the frame. After D.J. Augustin fouled Ja Morant on a three-point attempt in the quarter’s closing seconds, the Grizzlies only trailed 84-78.
The fourth quarter was when the Grizzlies’ nearly inevitable second half woes arrived. After a 5-0 run off a dunk by Aaron Gordon and a three from Michael-Carter Williams, D.J Augustine scored five more quick points to extend the Magic lead to 16. The Grizzlies were never really able to recover as the Magic totally shut the water off for the Grizzlies’ offense, with only a Solomon Hill three preventing the Grizzlies from scoring a franchise low for points in a quarter.
Box Score Notes
After a dominant start to his rookie season, Ja Morant struggled mightily, scoring just 8 points on 3-13 shooting and committing 6 turnovers. He relied too heavily on getting to the rim against the length and athleticism of the Magic instead of using his midrange game and floater.
After dominant displays in the second quarter, Valanciunas and Jackson were largely ineffective. Jackson finished with 14 points on 6-12 shooting, while Jonas did not score again in the second half.
Dillon Brooks did not make a single shot after an incredible game against the Wolves.
Vucevic led the Magic with 23 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists. Jonathan Isaac also added 22 points as well.
The Grizzlies will travel home to play the Mavericks on Monday.