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Dec 10

Grades: Memphis Grizzlies 94, Orlando Magic 85

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Memphis Grizzlies 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
4-11 FG | 1-6 FT | 3 STL | 6 REB | 10 PTS | +3

He only had three assists in almost 40 minutes of playing time, but he still managed to turn the ball over four times. He even got yanked right away to receive some coaching from Vaughn before going right back out (good for his confidence). He needs to make smarter decisions when he’s handling the ball up top and take the ball to the rim more.

Arron Afflalo
5-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | -5

His shooting has cooled considerably since his career-high 43 points a week ago, and he’s failed to crack 40 percent shooting or 20 points in his last two contests. Tayshaun Prince’s long arms made his post turnaround difficult, and Afflalo didn’t help matters with those four turnovers, either.

Jameer Nelson
6-14 FG | 2-8 3P | 4 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | -6

There was a play around the 4:30 mark in the first quarter, where Jerryd Bayless flashed to Conley before cutting backdoor along the baseline for an uncontested dunk. Nelson was completely bamboozled, and that came after he had blown a wide-open layup earlier in the first. He filled up the stat sheet offensively, but his defense and enthusiasm on that end of the floor was awful.

Andrew Nicholson
8-12 FG | 2-3 3P | 4 BLK | 11 REB | 19 PTS | +2

Say hello to the only Magic player that could find the bottom of the twine. Nicholson was hitting from all over — he was 4-for-4 in the lane with a tip-in, a righty hook, a finger roll layup and another hook, plus the foul. Splice in a couple corner 3s and Nicholson played well within himself in a superb overall game.

Memphis Grizzlies

They played their game at their pace, which is more tortoise than rabbit. They also grabbed defensive rebounds (Orlando only had three offensive rebounds all night to Memphis’ 11), and didn’t allow many open looks near the rim, preferring to let Orlando try and knock down long 2-pointers instead. After jumping out to a 21-point halftime lead, they hung on in the second half for the wine.