Magic beat undermanned Grizzlies by 30 points

Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 118-88 on Saturday.

Orlando (43-31) led by as many as 43 and snapped a three-game losing streak. Seven Magic players scored in double figures, including Cole Anthony (15), Jalen Suggs (15), Franz Wagner (13), and Paolo Banchero, who had 13 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and matched his career high with four blocked shots. Joe Ingles chipped in 11 points.

Orlando never trailed after the opening two minutes and shot 48.7 percent from the floor, including 22 of 44 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

Memphis (24-50) played with a makeshift lineup after Desmond Bane (back soreness) and Santi Aldama (illness) were ruled out prior to the game.

Orlando led by 20 at the end of the opening quarter and never let the undermanned Grizzlies get within striking distance.

Jordan Goodwin led the Grizzlies with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Brandon Clarke scored 13 points, GG Jackson and Scottie Pippen Jr. added 11 apiece, Jake LaRavia had 10, and Luke Kennard scored nine after missing the past five games (personal reasons).

Ingles came off the bench and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Orlando a 24-9 lead with 3:44 left in the first quarter. Ingles had 11 points in the period to help the Magic lead 33-13 heading into the second quarter.

The Magic opened the second quarter with eight straight points and led 49-24 after Anthony’s trey with 5:43 left in the half.

Banchero and Ingles had 11 points apiece in the first half for Orlando, which held a 58-34 advantage at intermission. Memphis shot 25.6 percent from the floor for the half, including 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range.

Orlando maintained the relentless pace and led 90-55 at the end of the third quarter. — Reuters.

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