After two impressive performances in their first two Summer League games, the Orlando Magic struggled on Tuesday afternoon against the Memphis Grizzlies. When the horn sounded, Memphis had handed the Magic their first loss of the week, taking home an 80-73 victory.
The Magic came out of the gates sluggish, and it stayed that way for much of the contest. A late first quarter flurry saw the Magic grab a lead, but strong, bullying play from Memphis quickly saw that lead evaporate. While the two foes went back and fourth for parts of the second quarter, Memphis took a two point lead into the halftime break.
Coming out in the second half the Magic looked flat, struggling to get any flow going offensively, while committing fouls almost every time down court. Memphis controlled the game with their physicality, beating the Magic up inside and on the boards.
After an extremely strong opening game against the Philadelphia 76ers, second year guard Victor Oladipo struggled, forcing shots and committing silly turnovers throughout the game. Oladipo finished the game with 11 points, but shot a putrid 4-of-12 from the field. Rookie Aaron Gordon also struggled, posting just four points on the day, while not knocking down a single field goal.
A few bright spots for the Magic were big man Dewayne Dedmon and guard Cam Jones. Dedmon was active all night, finishing with a team high 13 points, to go along with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and seven personal fouls. Jones on the other hand showed off an improved three-point jumper, finishing with 10 points and three assists, while knocking down two three’s.
Memphis was paced by speedy guard Kalin Lucas, who finished with a game high 14 points, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Big men Jarnell Stokes and Okaro White were right behind Lucas, finishing with 11 each. Guard Terrico White finished with 10 points off the bench.
The Grizzlies, who arrived a mere 12 minutes before tip off, looked like the much superior team for much of the contest. Memphis out rebounded the Magic 34-24, and out assisted them 15 to 12 on the day.
Both the Magic and the Grizzlies will have Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday. The Magic will take on the Boston Celtics, while Memphis will take on the Houston Rockets.