Grizzlies top Magic to win third straight
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeff Green scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the Orlando Magic 106-96 on Friday night.
Zach Randolph added 18 points, and Marc Gasol had 12 points and 16 rebounds to help the Grizzlies win their third straight.
Memphis took an 11-point lead in the opening minutes of the final period. Orlando cut it to four points with just over a minute to play, but Green gave the Grizzlies some breathing room with back-to-back dunks.
Memphis played for the first time this season without starting point guard Mike Conley, who sat with a sprained right ankle.
Elfrid Payton led the Magic with career highs of 22 points and 12 assists.
Payton and Victor Oladipo exploited Conley’s absence and were able to get into the lane to create offense and push the tempo at times. Oladipo finished with 16 points, but was just 7 for 17 from the field.
The Grizzlies dominated in the paint throughout the night, outscoring the Magic 58-42 for the game.
The loss also kept Orlando from notching its first three-game winning streak of the season.