NBA Game Recap - Orlando at Memphis
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NY
115
WAS
122
F
BOS
114
IND
111
F
ORL
120
MEM
115
F
DAL
109
SA
119
F
MIN
111
HOU
117
F
CLE
103
CHI
108
F
PHO
105
POR
121
F
BKN
104
LAL
102
F
LAC
131
GS
107
F

Orlando 120, Memphis 115

Mar 10, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Orlando (30-35)

27

23

35

35

120

Memphis (32-33)

35

28

23

29

115

Ross scores 24, Magic rally to beat Grizzlies 120-115
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:04 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Terrence Ross scored 24 points, including fueling a rally with 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Orlando Magic defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120-115 on Tuesday night.

Michael Carter-Williams added a season-high 20 for Orlando and Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic. Ross was 6 of 9 in the fourth quarter, including connecting on 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Memphis led by 17 in the first half, but the Magic caught the Grizzlies by scoring 70 points over the final two periods.

"We had confidence," said Orlando guard Markelle Fultz, who finished with 14 points and six assists,. "I think we probably were . too high coming into the game, and we got punched in the mouth first. We had to wake up quick."

Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Dillon Brooks and rookie Ja Morant finished with 21 points each.

"I thought our guys played well in the first half," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "(The Magic) raised their intensity in the second half. We can't live with giving up 70 points (in a half). I thought our defense definitely let us down."

The game, featuring two teams holding down the eighth and final spot in their respective conferences, was close until the end. A 3-point attempt by Memphis guard Tyus Jones to tie the game bounced off the rim with about two seconds left, preserving the Magic third straight victory.

"We played hard," Ross said. "We're always in the fight. This is one of one of those nights where we came out a little sluggish, and we picked it up in the second half."

Orlando had carried a lead to 110-101 on a pair of free throws from James Ennis with 4:28 remaining and seemed in control. But Memphis rattled off the next seven points, including a 4-point play by Brooks, to pull within one possession.

Memphis would tie the game at 112 on a drive by Morant with just less than two minutes remaining.

But Ross would answer with a pair of 3-pointer to put the Magic up for good.

"To me, when you're up 17, everybody kills you when you lose." Magic coach Steve Clifford said of the second-half rally, adding that the way players score these days such an advantage is not insurmountable. "You want to be ahead rather than behind, but you have plenty of time."

TIP-INS

Magic: The scoring by Ross and Carter-Williams came off the bench as Orlando's reserves outscored Memphis' 65-36. .Have made a 3-pointer in 1,049 straight games. ... Now lead the series with Memphis 24-23. ... Aaron Gordon was held scoreless in the first half, missing all four of his shots while dealing with foul problems. He ended the game with 8 points. ... Carter-Williams has reached double-figures in four straight games and 13 times this season. ... Orlando coach Steve Clifford challenged a foul call against Vucevic in the third quarter. The foul call was upheld. Clifford is now 14 of 25 on challenges this season.

Grizzlies: Valanciunas already had recorded his 32nd double-double early in the second half. ... Despite the loss, Memphis has won 15 of last 19 games at home. .The Orlando result was the only time a Southeast Division team defeated Memphis at home this season. .Morant's 21 point marked the 20th time he has reached at least 20 points this season and his 21st consecutive game in double figures.

LAST WORD

Under the new locker room guidelines, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins held his pregame press conference in the room that doubles as the dining facility. Wrapping up his comments, Jenkins looked to the side of the room and said: "Enjoy the food spread."

UP NEXT

Magic: Host Bulls on Thursday.

Grizzlies: Travel to Portland on Thursday

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Leaders

Orlando PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Clark 0 1 0 2 1 0
T. Ross 24 9 1 2 0 2
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Valanciunas 27 11 0 16 1 1
J. Morant 21 4 5 4 1 0

Team Comparison

ORL MEM
Points For 120 115
Field Goals 43/92-47% 38/76-50%
Three Pointers 14/33-42% 11/29-38%
Free Throws 20/22-91% 28/38-74%
Offensive Rebounds 12 7
Defensive Rebounds 29 32
Rebounds 47 52
Blocks 3 5
Steals 10 7
Turnovers 15 20
Points Scored Off Turnovers 26 17
Points in the Paint 48 50
Fast Break Points 15 12
Personal Fouls 26 22
Technical Fouls 1 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - ORL Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 8 MEM 86 @ ORL 118 D. Brooks 3 A. Jefferson 2
Tue Mar 10 ORL 120 @ MEM 115 M. Bamba 5 J. Konchar 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 15,388
Game Time: 2:20