NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 25th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (22-18) at Memphis Grizzlies (23-19), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Memphis Grizzlies take aim at their 12th win in 14 games tonight, when they take on Steve Francis and the Orlando Magic at FedExForum.
Memphis continued its recent success on Saturday, as it registered a 110-94 victory over Utah at the Delta Center. Pau Gasol scored a game-high 23 points and the bench racked up 45 points in the winning effort.
Coming off two sub-par outings where he collected 13 points, Gasol netted eight in the first quarter and hit 7-of-12 field goals total for Memphis, which has won 14 of its last 18 contests.
Shane Battier, who went 3-of-3 from behind the arc en route to 13 first quarter points, finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Brian Cardinal had 14 points, Earl Watson added 12 and Bonzi Wells contributed 10 to lead the Grizzlies' reserves.
The Grizzlies continued to cope with the death of Don Poier, the voice of the Grizzlies on radio and TV. Poier passed away suddenly in Denver on Friday.
Memphis, which has won two straight and seven of its last eight home games, is 13-8 at FedExForum this season. The Grizzlies have five of their next seven tilts in their friendly confines.
Orlando has lost two of its last three games, including an 89-78 defeat to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Monday night. Francis returned to Houston for the first time since he was dealt to Orlando in the offseason.
Francis finished with a game-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists. The talented guard played the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Rockets.
Jameer Nelson added 12 points off the bench for the Magic, who lost for just the second time in five games. Kelvin Cato added 11 points in the loss, while Grant Hill notched 10.
The Magic's 27 points in the first 12 minutes of the game set a new franchise low for points in the opening half. The previous record of 29 was set on November 22, 2002.
Neither team shot well from three-point range. The Magic made just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Houston hit 3-of-14 attempts.
Orlando, which has lost nine of its last 11 road tilts, is 8-13 in foreign buildings this season. The Magic are closing out their two-game road trip this evening.
The Magic registered a 96-91 victory over the Grizzlies on December 4 at TD Waterhouse Centre. Orlando has won 10 of the last 14 meetings in this series. The Magic are 5-3 on the road against the Grizzlies.
01/25 10:28:24 ET