Just what the doctor ordered, Magic dominate Grizzlies 118-88 to end losing streak

ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Magic (43-31) defeated the Memphis Grizzlies (24-50) 118-88 at the Kia Center in front of 18,000 fans.

Orlando, Florida, USA, March 30, 2024, Orlando Magic’s Wendell Carter Jr #34 attempt to make a basket at the Kia Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Orlando, coming off a three-game losing streak against playoff teams from the west – Sacramento, Golden State, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Magic had a field day against the Grizzlies’ defense, with seven players scoring in double digits. Wendell Carter Jr, Jalen Suggs, and Cole Anthony scored 15 points each, with Carter recording a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Orlando opened the game with a 33-13 first-quarter drubbing of Memphis, setting the tempo for the rest of the game.

The Grizzlies’ only lead was by scoring the first two points of the game, while the Magic held a 43-point lead at one point.

Orlando, Florida, USA, March 30, 2024, Orlando Magic’s Jalen Suggs #4 waves after making a three at the Kia Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

“I’m extremely proud,” said Magic Head Coach Jamahl Mosley. “I think they played with a sense of joy. But we also played the right way. I think the ball was moving, we defended, and knowing what we’re capable of doing, we did that. We didn’t try to do too much. We did exactly what the game plan said to do, and I think they did a great job of executing it.”

The Grizzlies were led in scoring by Jordan Goodwin with 16 points, while the team committed 19 turnovers, leading to 35 Orlando points.

Memphis also outmatched Orlando closely in points in the paint (36-26) as well as fast-break points (25-14), but the Magic shot 50% from the field, which is hard to overcome with the Grizzlies shooting at 36%.

Orlando has Easter Sunday off but returns to finish their 8-game home stand by facing the Portland Trailblazers on Monday at the Kia Center.

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