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Magic cranks up D to stifle Grizzlies

Magic center Dwight Howard stuffs Tony Allen, whose Grizzlies scored their fewest points since March 2009.

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Magic center Dwight Howard stuffs Tony Allen, whose Grizzlies scored their fewest points since March 2009.

ORLANDO — The franchise with the NBA's twice reigning defensive player of the year finally starting getting back to its roots.

Dwight Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 19 and the Magic smothered the Grizzlies for an 89-72 victory Monday night.

"We're a defensive team. That's what we call ourselves and that's what we talk about," Magic forward Quentin Richardson said. "For us to say those things, it was good to go out there and be that."

Against a usually high-scoring team, no less.

The Magic forced 18 turnovers and held the Grizzlies to 36 percent shooting and their fewest points in a game in two seasons. It was a much-needed change for an Orlando team that lost two straight last week and nearly a third with lackluster defense.

Marc Gasol had 14 points and eight rebounds and Mike Conley scored 11 in the Grizzlies' third straight loss. Memphis entered averaging 104 points but could get nothing going.

"That's the best defense that they've played, that I've seen on tape, since probably early in the season," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We were rushing things, but it was their defense that was causing it."

The game was as sloppy as it gets at the start.

There were players bouncing balls off their legs and out of bounds. Poor passes. Missed catches. Double-dribbles and traveling calls. Each team had 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone, and they combined for 38 in the game. The Magic managed some offense between mistakes and opened a 47-31 lead just before the half.

MEMPHIS (72): Gay 4-17 0-0 9, Randolph 4-15 1-4 9, Gasol 4-8 6-8 14, Conley 5-11 0-0 11, Mayo 4-9 2-3 11, T.Allen 3-5 1-2 7, Vasquez 1-3 0-0 2, Arthur 3-7 1-2 7, Henry 1-3 0-1 2, Thabeet 0-1 0-0 0, Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-80 11-20 72.

ORLANDO (89): Richardson 4-7 0-0 8, Lewis 3-13 2-2 9, Howard 5-13 8-11 18, Nelson 3-7 4-4 11, Carter 6-8 4-5 19, Pietrus 2-6 1-2 6, Bass 2-6 6-6 10, Duhon 0-0 0-0 0, Gortat 3-4 2-4 8. Totals 28-64 27-34 89.

Memphis 12 22 22 16— 72

Orlando 20 27 22 20— 89

3-Point GoalsMemphis 3-14 (Conley 1-2, Gay 1-4, Mayo 1-5, Henry 0-1, Vasquez 0-2), Orlando 6-17 (Carter 3-4, Nelson 1-2, Lewis 1-5, Pietrus 1-5, Richardson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 46 (Gay, Randolph 9), Orlando 57 (Howard 14). AssistsMemphis 17 (Conley 8), Orlando 12 (Nelson, Lewis 4). Total FoulsMemphis 27, Orlando 22. TechnicalsRandolph, Orlando defensive three second. A18,846 (18,500).

Magic 89

Grizzlies 72

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