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Wretched start dooms Magic en route to sixth straight loss

Jon Leuer pulls down one of his career-best 12 rebounds.

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Jon Leuer pulls down one of his career-best 12 rebounds.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jon Leuer added 16 points and a career-best 12 boards to lead the shorthanded Grizzlies to a 94-85 victory over the Magic on Monday night.

Andrew Nicholson and Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 19 points each. Nicholson also had 11 rebounds while hitting 8 of 12 shots from the field.

The Grizzlies were without four key players. Marc Gasol is out indefinitely with a knee injury, and Ed Davis (ankle) and Tony Allen (hip) also sat out. Earlier in the day, the Grizzlies announced that guard/forward Quincy Pondexter will miss significant time, possibly the rest of the season, with a right foot stress fracture.

That didn't seem to faze Memphis in the first half. The Grizzlies used a 19-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a 51-30 lead at the break.

The Magic shot 33 percent in the half and had no one in double figures. While Memphis was going on its run, the Magic was scoreless for almost seven minutes.

The Grizzlies held a 14-point lead with just more than seven minutes left but had to withstand a final push from Orlando.

Arron Afflalo score seven early in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 4:19 left to get Orlando within 85-78. The run reached 12-2 as the Magic got within 87-83. But Randolph scored the next three and the Grizzlies weathered the rally.

Jason Maxiell was the only Magic reserve to score. He had four points.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Wilson Chandler had 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16 and Kenneth Faried had a key block and transition dunk with 33 seconds left to lift the visiting Nuggets to 75-74 victory over the Wizards. … Kemba Walker scored 27 of his 31 in the second half, and the host Bobcats ruined Stephen Curry's homecoming with a wire-to-wire 115-111 victory over the Warriors. … Blake Griffin scored 26, Chris Paul had 25 points and 13 assists and the short-handed Clippers defeated the host 76ers 94-83.

GAY DEAL COMPLETED: A seven-player trade sending forward Rudy Gay from the Raptors to the Kings was completed. Toronto received point guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. Sacramento also acquired center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy. Gay, Gray and Acy likely will be in uniform Wednesday.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Timberwolves small forward and former Gator Corey Brewer was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rules for the second time this season. … Bucks center Zaza Pachulia will be sidelined for at least a month with a right foot fracture. … Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans is expected to miss up to two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. … Anthony Tolliver started at small forward for the Bobcats in place of Jeffery Taylor, who is out with a left heel contusion.

Grizzlies 94, Magic 85

ORLANDO (85): Afflalo 5-16 6-6 17, Nicholson 8-12 1-1 19, G.Davis 5-14 6-6 16, Oladipo 4-11 1-2 10, Nelson 6-14 5-5 19, Maxiell 2-3 0-0 4, Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Price 0-1 0-0 0, Harkless 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-75 19-20 85.

MEMPHIS (94): Prince 3-8 0-0 6, Randolph 7-15 5-6 19, Koufos 3-10 1-2 7, Bayless 4-10 0-0 11, Conley 5-16 1-3 13, Miller 3-6 0-0 8, Calathes 1-2 4-4 6, Leuer 7-14 1-2 16, Franklin 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 36-86 12-17 94.

Orlando 16 14 30 25— 85

Memphis 23 28 22 21— 94

3-Point GoalsOrlando 6-22 (Nicholson 2-3, Nelson 2-8, Afflalo 1-4, Oladipo 1-6, Price 0-1), Memphis 10-17 (Bayless 3-5, Franklin 2-2, Miller 2-3, Conley 2-5, Leuer 1-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 39 (Nicholson 11), Memphis 62 (Randolph, Leuer 12). AssistsOrlando 12 (Nelson 5), Memphis 23 (Calathes 8). Total FoulsOrlando 15, Memphis 21. TechnicalsOrlando Coach Vaughn. A13,511 (18,119).

Bobcats 115, Warriors 111

GOLDEN STATE (111): Barnes 6-13 2-4 14, Lee 5-14 4-4 14, Bogut 4-4 0-0 8, Curry 14-32 10-12 43, Thompson 9-19 0-0 22, Green 1-5 0-0 3, O'Neal 1-2 2-2 4, Speights 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 1-1 0-0 3, Bazemore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-90 18-22 111.

CHARLOTTE (115): Tolliver 2-2 0-0 6, McRoberts 4-7 2-3 11, Jefferson 5-16 1-2 11, Walker 10-18 9-11 31, Henderson 11-23 2-3 24, Sessions 4-10 5-5 13, Zeller 2-5 1-2 5, Adrien 1-4 0-0 2, Gordon 4-9 3-3 12. Totals 43-94 23-29 115.

Golden State 21 20 36 34— 111

Charlotte 27 26 30 32— 115

3-Point GoalsGolden State 11-37 (Curry 5-16, Thompson 4-12, Douglas 1-1, Green 1-5, Barnes 0-3), Charlotte 6-12 (Tolliver 2-2, Walker 2-5, Gordon 1-1, McRoberts 1-2, Henderson 0-1, Sessions 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 60 (Lee 16), Charlotte 50 (McRoberts 10). AssistsGolden State 20 (Curry 9), Charlotte 22 (McRoberts 6). Total FoulsGolden State 24, Charlotte 16. TechnicalsO'Neal, Thompson. A13,129 (19,077).

Clippers 94, 76ers 83

L.A. CLIPPERS (94): Dudley 4-15 1-1 10, Griffin 9-14 8-14 26, Jordan 5-7 1-2 11, Paul 10-18 3-5 25, Green 3-11 2-2 9, Crawford 3-12 1-1 8, Collison 0-1 2-2 2, Hollins 0-0 1-2 1, Jamison 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 35-82 19-29 94.

PHILADELPHIA (83): Turner 11-23 2-3 25, Young 8-16 0-0 16, Hawes 1-6 0-0 2, Wroten 2-12 4-6 9, Thompson 1-7 5-7 8, Anderson 4-9 0-0 8, Allen 3-7 0-0 6, Brown 1-6 2-2 4, Davies 2-5 1-1 5, Orton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-92 14-19 83.

L.A. Clippers 23 21 32 18— 94

Philadelphia 17 19 24 23— 83

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 5-27 (Paul 2-3, Crawford 1-6, Green 1-6, Dudley 1-8, Jamison 0-2, Griffin 0-2), Philadelphia 3-21 (Turner 1-2, Wroten 1-5, Thompson 1-5, Young 0-1, Hawes 0-2, Brown 0-2, Anderson 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 57 (Jordan 21), Philadelphia 64 (Young 11). AssistsL.A. Clippers 20 (Paul 13), Philadelphia 26 (Wroten 7). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 22, Philadelphia 26. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second. A12,355 (20,328).

Nuggets 75, Wizards 74

DENVER (75): Chandler 7-10 0-0 17, Faried 3-8 0-2 6, Hickson 4-9 1-1 9, A.Miller 0-5 3-6 3, Foye 2-7 0-0 6, Robinson 6-15 4-4 16, Mozgov 2-4 0-1 4, Arthur 2-3 0-0 4, Hamilton 3-9 0-0 8, Fournier 1-1 0-0 2, Randolph 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-73 8-14 75.

WASHINGTON (74): Rice Jr. 3-9 0-0 7, Booker 5-11 2-2 12, Gortat 8-17 0-0 16, Wall 8-20 2-4 20, Ariza 6-19 0-0 14, Vesely 1-2 0-2 2, Singleton 1-5 1-1 3, Porter Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Maynor 0-3 0-0 0, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0, Temple 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-89 5-9 74.

Denver 18 22 18 17— 75

Washington 22 23 15 14— 74

3-Point GoalsDenver 7-21 (Chandler 3-6, Foye 2-4, Hamilton 2-5, Arthur 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Robinson 0-2, A.Miller 0-2), Washington 5-24 (Wall 2-5, Ariza 2-9, Rice Jr. 1-5, Temple 0-1, Singleton 0-1, Maynor 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 53 (Hamilton, Chandler, Hickson 8), Washington 57 (Booker 12). AssistsDenver 19 (A.Miller, Foye 5), Washington 18 (Wall 8). Total FoulsDenver 16, Washington 16. A13,293 (20,308).

Wretched start dooms Magic en route to sixth straight loss 12/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 9, 2013 11:04pm]
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