NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Memphis
(Friday, October 31st)
Final Score: Memphis 86, Orlando 84
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay scored a game-high 29 points, including the game-winner as time expired to lead the Memphis Grizzlies in an 86-84 victory over the Orlando Magic in the team's home opener.
O.J. Mayo added 17 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who bounced back from an 82-71 drubbing by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in their season- opener. Marc Gasol chipped in 10 points, while Darrell Arthur hauled in 10 boards in the win.
Rashard Lewis paced the Magic, who lost their season-opener 99-85 to Atlanta on Wednesday, with 23 points. Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Dwight Howard had 14 points to go with 14 rebounds in defeat.
The teams traded baskets and the lead changed hands until a pair at the charity stripe from Hakim Warrick knotted the contest up at 84-84 with 68 seconds to play.
"The biggest thing was that we were lucky to have it tied at the end. It was a bad play call by me," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.
On the ensuing Orlando possession, Keith Bogans had his shot blocked and Memphis brought the ball down and, after a missed shot from just inside the three-point line, called a timeout with 24.1 ticks showing on the clock.
The Grizzlies inbounded the ball and Gay controlled the dribble before driving to the lane and pulling up just inside the right arc. His shot caromed off the back of the rim and out of bounds to stop time with 2.8 left.
Following a timeout, a lob pass intended for Howard under the rim was intercepted by Kyle Lowry, who had the presence of mind to call a timeout with 1.9 to go.
Lowry then inbounded the ball to Gay, who was perfectly positioned in the right corner, just inside the three-point marker. Gay's rainbow shot over Bogans dropped in as time expired to give the Grizzlies a dramatic victory.
"Obviously, it was the Rudy (Gay) show," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "They just loaded up on him. So the impurity was going 1-on-5 because that's what they had committed to. They thought that they could guard one-on- one."
Memphis held a slight 26-25 lead after the first quarter.
A pair of free throws from Turkoglu gave the Magic a 36-35 lead, but Mayo and Gay nailed back-to-back jumpers to give the home team a three-point lead with 4:49 left in the half.
Up by a point about 2 1/2 minutes later, a Turkoglu fade away sparked an 11-0 end to the half, sending Orlando to a 55-43 halftime cushion.
A Bogans three-pointer made it 60-45 with about 9 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, but Darko Milicic's dunk sparked a 16-6 run for Memphis. Gay and Mike Conley hit consecutive jumpers, and Mayo's trey closed it out with 2:44 left. The surge made it a five-point game, 66-61.
The Magic held a 68-61 lead heading into the final stanza and, falling behind by 11 points early on, Gay's pullup jumper sparked a 13-0 Memphis run that gave the Grizzlies the lead. Gay had eight points on the surge and as Lowry's layup fell, it was 76-74 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in favor of the home team.
Howard has dominated Memphis to the tune of five straight double-doubles against the Grizzlies...Memphis hit just 2-of-13 (15 percent) three-point attempts, but went 24-of-30 (80 percent) from the foul line...Prior to the game, the Grizzlies exercised the fourth-year team options on Gay and Lowry, in addition to picking up the third-year options on Conley and guard Javaris Crittenton...These two teams split a pair of meetings last season...Orlando had won two of the last three meetings in the series coming into Friday's tilt.
11/01 02:30:46 ET