Magic dominate undermanned Grizzlies in 30-point beatdown

Published March 31, 2024, 11:00 AMNBA.com Staff

Jalen Suggs continued his fine play during the Orlando Magic's 30-point rout of the Memphis Grizzlies. | Photo (c) Orlando Magic.

The Orlando Magic got to play their victory song after a commanding 118-88 win against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Kia Center on Sunday (PHL).

With the win, Orlando ended a three-game losing streak after close defeats to the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers in the past week.

The Magic seized control early and never relinquished it, leading throughout the game after the opening two minutes.

Orlando displayed efficient shooting, hitting 48.7 percent of their shots from the floor, including an impressive 50 percent from beyond the arc on 22 of 44 attempts.

Facing a depleted lineup due to Desmond Bane's back soreness and Santi Aldama's illness, Memphis had to field in a makeshift roster for the game.

The Magic established a commanding 20-point lead by the end of the opening quarter and maintained their advantage, preventing the undermanned Grizzlies from mounting a comeback.

Seven players from Orlando finished in double figures with Wendell Carter Jr., Cole Anthony, and Jalen Suggs all scoring 15 points in the victory.



Brandon Clarke, on the other hand, contributed 13 points off the bench for the Grizzlies in just his second game back from an Achilles injury. Jordan Goodwin led Memphis with 16 points.

This victory marks Orlando's 43rd win of the season, the most in since the 2010-11 campaign when Dwight Howard was the focal point of the Magic's roster.

Orlando is currently fifth in the East with a 43-31 record, while Memphis is 13th in the West with a 24-50 record.