MEMPHIS (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 24 points, including fuelling a rally with 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Orlando Magic defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120-115 on Tuesday night.
Michael Carter-Williams added a season-high 20 for Orlando and Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic. Ross was six of nine in the fourth quarter, including connecting on three of five from three-point range.
Memphis led by 17 in the first half, but the Magic caught the Grizzlies by scoring 70 points over the final two periods.
“We had confidence,” said Orlando guard Markelle Fultz, who finished with 14 points and six assists. “I think we probably were… too high coming into the game, and we got punched in the mouth first. We had to wake up quick.”
Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Dillon Brooks and rookie Ja Morant finished with 21 points each.
“I thought our guys played well in the first half,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “(The Magic) raised their intensity in the second half. We can’t live with giving up 70 points (in a half). I thought our defence definitely let us down.”
The game, featuring two teams holding down the eighth and final spot in their respective conferences, was close until the end. A three-point attempt by Memphis guard Tyus Jones to tie the game bounced off the rim with about two seconds left, preserving the Magic third straight victory.