Orlando 89, Memphis 72
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic smothered the Memphis Grizzlies defensively for an 89-72 victory Monday night.
Jameer Nelson added 11 points and nine rebounds as the Magic built a 16-point lead, lost it, then went back ahead by 17 points in the fourth quarter to put away the game. They held the high-scoring Grizzlies to 36 percent shooting and their fewest points in a game in two seasons.
Marc Gasol had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Mike Conley scored 11 points in the Grizzlies’ third straight loss. Memphis entered the game averaging 104 points but could get nothing going offensively.
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. If there was a way to cause a turnover, chances are it happened.
The teams accounted for 20 turnovers — each with 10 — in the first quarter alone, finishing with 38 total for the game. The difference was the Magic at least managed some offense between mistakes and opened a 47-31 lead just before the half.
The Grizzlies whittled the deficit to five points in the third quarter behind some sharp shooting from Conley and O.J. Mayo. They just couldn’t sustain enough offense or keep turnovers from costing them dearly.
Rudy Gay, who hadn’t scored fewer than 18 points this season, had only nine points for Memphis. It was the fewest points the Grizzlies have scored since they lost 86-66 at Portland on March 28, 2009.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Wallace scored 26 points, set a franchise record with 17 free throws made and had a key steal late as the Charlotte Bobcats rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-110 on Monday night.
The Bobcats, who at 0-4 entered as the NBA’s only winless team at home, appeared finished when they trailed 107-99 with 2:08 left. But Wallace and Stephen Jackson, who also scored 26 points, led Charlotte’s comeback.
Wallace’s two free throws with 31.6 seconds left put Charlotte ahead to stay.
Wesley Johnson missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds and Minnesota trailing 112-110.
Michael Beasley scored 28 points, but had two key turnovers in the closing minutes. Kevin Love had 20 points and nine rebounds, returning to the game late after a scary fall.
It was a much-needed win for Charlotte, with owner Michael Jordan squirming in his courtside seat in the frantic final minute before his top players came through.
Wallace didn’t get his first field goal until midway through the third quarter, but hit 17-of-19 free throws to set a team record.
Jackson’s 3-pointer was part of Charlotte’s 10-1 run, capped when Tyrus Thomas ripped the ball away from Beasley before D.J. Augustin’s driving layup put Charlotte ahead 109-108 with 49 seconds left.
Beasley put back his own miss with 34 seconds remaining to put Minnesota ahead again before Wallace hit two free throws at the other end.