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4-9 FG | 1-3 3P | 4 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -3
In the game’s closing seconds, Afflalo committed a critical error that hurt the Magic’s chances of winning. With Orlando trailing 80-79, Nelson missed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 39.9 seconds left. Courtney Lee rebounded the ball, raced down the court in transition, and was fouled from behind by Afflalo. Unfortunately for Afflalo, it was a clear path foul. Lee made both free throws and Memphis held on to win.
6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -5
Vucevic had his moments. He had a monstrous block on Nick Calathes late in the first quarter. And Vucevic made a big jumper with the shot clock expiring as the Magic and Grizzlies traded punches in crunch time. But other than that, it was a pedestrian outing for Vucevic. He picked up a double-double, but he also benefitted from Marc Gasol missing most of the second half with a knee injury.
4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +8
The problem isn’t that Harris had a decent performance. The problem is that Tayshaun Prince outplayed him. The same Prince that entered tonight’s game with a 7.7 PER and 42.3 True Shooting percentage — both career-worsts. That can’t happen. Harris isn’t entirely to blame for Prince having one of his best games of the season, but he’s certainly somewhat culpable.
6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 STL | 3 REB | 12 PTS | -3
In a battle between two power forwards with negative verticals, Z-Bo won his matchup versus Big Baby. He made two key baskets late in the fourth quarter, a midrange jump shot and a running lefty hook (while also getting away with a traveling violation), that allowed the Griz to escape Orlando with a victory. Davis was outmatched on those plays.
This game was not aesthetically pleasing by any means and that’s entirely because of Memphis’ plodding style of play. The Grizzlies rank 11th in defensive efficiency and 30th in pace, so it should come as no surprise that they were able to win a low-scoring affair. The Griz controlled the tempo from the opening tip and got themselves a hard-earned victory.