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Report: Memphis Grizzlies 123-116 Orlando Magic

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies in action

ORLANDO — The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic 123-116 in the NBA at the Amway Center here in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night. The recap, free highlights and stats from this latest NBA result.

Ja Morant, who is ranked 10th in the NBA in scoring and enjoys playing with a free spirit, led the way for the Grizzlies on Thursday night, finishing with 32 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. had a strong performance as well, finishing with 31 points and 10 rebounds. 

In the meantime, Ziaire Williams and Tyus Jones both contributed off the bench. Williams scored 16 points and Jones finished with 12 points and eight assists. Dillon Brooks also had a solid outing, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Who led the Orlando Magic vs. Grizzlies?

The Magic were led by Paolo Banchero, who finished with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Franz Wagner added 22 points, and Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 18 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Read more: Tatum’s triple-double pilots Boston past Dallas: highlights, stats, recap

Terrence Ross rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Magic with 14 points, while Markelle Fultz played 31-minutes and dished out a team-high nine assists with eight points and five rebounds in the defeat.

The Grizzlies had a strong first half, outscoring the Magic 43-23 in the second quarter and heading into halftime with a 65-43 lead. The Grizzlies shot 51% from the field in the first half and converted 26 baskets on 17 assists. The Magic, on the other hand, struggled, shooting just 34.9% in the first half and giving up 11 points off turnovers.

Overall, the Grizzlies, who have now won five straight, shot 48-92 (52.2%) from the field, while the Magic went 39-84 (46.4%). The Grizzlies had 13 total turnovers (14 points) and the Magic had 11 total turnovers (14 points).

After the game, Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins commented, “Obviously we got a little casual there with some of our late turnovers. Credit them, they came out in a full-court press that sort of threw us off. Then when we got organized, we came up with some big-time plays.”

Up next, the Grizzlies will host the Utah Jazz on Sunday, while the Magic will travel to take on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

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