Gasol helps Grizzlies past Magic 88-82
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach Lionel Hollins scolded his team during the first half, and then again at halftime.
The Grizzlies eventually got the message.
Hollins' team turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and beat the short-handed Orlando Magic 88-82 on Friday night for its sixth consecutive victory.
"I thought once coach called that first timeout and told us what he told us — which I don't want to say — we responded and came out there and was able to play better in second quarter and get the lead," guard Tony Allen said. "At halftime, he gave us another scolding, and we responded."
Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards for the Grizzlies, who picked up steam following a lackluster start.
The Magic had only seven players available because of injuries and trades from Thursday, including a multiplayer swap with Milwaukee. The returning players were not available.
"I was extremely proud," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Just the effort and the competitiveness. The things we've been talking about. It was just good to see it from start to finish.
"It was a collective spirit. It was guys pulling for each other."
Mike Conley finished with 14 points and seven assists for Memphis. Ed Davis scored 10.
"We did enough to win, and it wasn't pretty," Hollins said.
Aaron Afflalo had 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists for Orlando. Mo Harkless scored 19, and Andrew Nicholson added 14 points. E'Twaun Moore scored 12 points and handed out seven assists as the Magic dropped their fourth straight and 16th in their last 17.
Memphis outrebounded the Magic 52-42, including 14 offensive boards. Memphis' biggest shortfall was at the free-throw line, where the Grizzlies were 17 of 29. The Magic only went to the line nine times in the game, converting seven of them.
There were 15 lead changes and five ties but those came in the first half.
"We have to play better basketball," Gasol said. "We have to play more consistent, more disciplined on both ends."
The Magic dropped off the pace when they were outscored 24-15 in the third. The lead reached as many as 13 in the quarter as Memphis' defense disrupted the Orlando offense.
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