On a cool Orlando spring evening, the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies looked to heat things up at the Amway Center. The Magic's string of strong play continued, with the team knocking off the Grizzlies, 119-107.
Starting the game, the Magic got whatever they wanted in the paint, scoring their first 16 and 18 of their first 21 in the painted area. Despite getting off to a slow start, Memphis answered the Magic, going on a 24-13 run in the second half of the quarter, thanks in large part to hot three point shooting from Matt Barnes. The former Magic swingman knocked down four opening quarter three's, including a set on three consecutive possessions to get Memphis back in the game after trailing by 10 early. Thanks to their strong second half of the quarter, Memphis held a slight lead, 30-29, after one.
Much like the first quarter, the Magic got off to a quick start in the second, grabbing the lead early in the quarter. With their second unit in, the team pushed the pace and got some easy buckets to spark the offense. Orlando's ability to get some stops, and force a handful of turnovers, allowed them to continue to push the pace throughout the quarter, with the team finishing the half with 15 fast break points to the Grizzlies four. At the half, the Magic found themselves with their biggest lead of the game, 11 points, up 67-56.
Out of halftime, the Magic began imposing their willing on the beaten and battered Grizzlies bunch, pushing their lead to as many as 20. The Magic got the Grizzlies in the penalty early, and punished them for it, parading to the free throw line for 15 attempts in the quarter. The hosts continued to have some success pushing the pace as well, scoring eight fast break points in the quarter. After three, the Magic held yet another sold lead, up 12, 97-85 on the Grizzlies.
Up double digits, the Magic looked to continue their strong play in hopes of grabbing another win. Early in the fourth the three ball began falling for the Magic, allowing them to push their lead back up near 20. Memphis answered, however, going on a three point barrage of their own to cut the Magic lead back to 10 with just over three minutes remaining.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic off the bench, finishing with a game-high 25. Victor Oladipo added 22, with Evan Fournier finishing the night with 22 of his own. Aaron Gordon added 14 points and 10 rebounds, with Andrew Nicholson finishing the night with 10 off the bench.
Barnes led the way for the visitors, finishing with 21 in his old stomping grounds. Zach Randolph scored 15, with Vince Carter adding 13 off the bench. JaMychal Green and Lance Stephenson each scored 11 off the bench. Tony Allen and Xavier Munford finished the night with 10 apiece as well.