The Grizzlies unsuccessfully chased McGrady for a half, then
switched defenses to contain him and the rest of the Magic down for
the final two periods en route to a 110-104 victory Monday night.
McGrady scored 28 of his 34 points in the first half, hitting 10
of 13 shots from the field and all five of his free throw attempts.
The Magic shot 60 percent as a team.
In the second half, however, Memphis threw a floating 2-3 zone
at Orlando that clogged up the inside. McGrady hit only one of 10
shots from the field and Orlando shot only 37.5 percent as a team
in the second half.
"They were shooting unbelievably in the first half, but we just
kind of weathered that storm,'' Memphis guard Wesley Person said.
"He got a little tired in the second half and we forced other guys
to take shots. We gambled and it worked.''
The Grizzlies got a balanced effort from their starters, all of
whom reached double figures. Pau Gasol led the way with 26 points
and eight rebounds, but Jason Williams' 17 points and 15 assists
probably made the difference in the game.
Magic coach Doc Rivers wasn't sure if the defense was effective
or if his team just shot poorly. Orlando was 9-for-30 on
3-pointers, after a win in Miami the night before.
"I thought we settled for a lot of jump shots,'' Rivers said.
"A case can be made that when you play back-to-back it's easier to
take a jumper than take a drive, but that's not what we should do.
Anytime you shoot 30 3s in a game, you should lose.''
McGrady missed his last six 3-point attempts and was 3-for-10
from that range for the game. The Magic shot only 37.5 percent in
the second half, when they committed 11 of their 17 turnovers.
Memphis went ahead for the first time in the game when Williams
began the second half with a 15-foot jumper. That started an 11-2
run that game the Grizzlies a 71-63 lead with 9:27 left in the
third period. That advantage grew to 86-74 after Ryan Humphrey hit
a follow shot against his former team with 1:47 left in the
The Magic outscored Memphis 13-2 at the end of the third and the
first three minutes of the fourth quarter to close the gap to 88-87
on Darrell Armstrong's layup with 9:27 left. That was as close as
they would get, however.
Williams was instrumental in forcing the pace of play, trying to
turn every possession into a fast break or breaking down defenders
in Orlando's half-court offense. His floater in the lane with 53
seconds left gave Memphis a 104-98 cushion that held up in the
"I think we were the hungrier team, Williams said. "We knew
Tracy was going to get his 30 or 40 or whatever, we just had to
shut down their other guys and keep everyone on our team involved.
We stuck to that game plan pretty good.''
Grizzlies C Stromile Swift didn't play because of a thumb
injury. ... Magic PF Drew Gooden sat out his third straight game
with a sprained big toe. ... Memphis is now 1-6 against the Magic
in Orlando. Tracy McGrady has a three-pointer in 40 straight games,
the longest active streak in the NBA. ... Grizzlies PG Jason
Williams has 57 assists and seven turnovers in his last three
games. ... Magic C Steven Hunter had a career-high four blocked