MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In one of those rare occurrences of the Grizzlies' young season, Memphis not only rallied in the fourth quarter, but closed out the game pulling away.
"It's just exciting, man, to finally get a win," said Warrick, who finished the game with 26 points and 10 rebounds. "Just take them one at a time. That's what we need to do. We got that monkey off our back."
The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for Memphis, which rallied from a seven-point deficit with 5:33 left. The Grizzlies put together a 21-2 run to erase the Magic lead and build the advantage to 12 points in the closing seconds.
The Magic saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with the loss.
Dwight Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the Magic. It marked Howard's third 20-20 game out of the Magic's first 11.
"He's just a monster. He's a beast out there and played unbelievable," Warrick said.
Rookie Kyle Lowry had 16 points off the Memphis bench to go with six assists and five steals, while Jake Tsakalidis, who had played only four minutes in the last five games, had 11 points and nine rebounds in almost 24 minutes.
Lowry, who was 6-of-10 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, including several key boards down the stretch as Memphis overtook the Magic and extended the lead.
The Magic led 80-73 with 5:33 left when Tony Battie hit a 15-footer. But Memphis scored nine straight points, capped by a 3-pointer from Mike Miller to give the Grizzlies an 82-80 lead with 3:38 left. They continued to extend it until a pair of free throws by Tsakalidis built the lead to 94-82 with 22.8 seconds left.
"When we were winning by a lot of points, we didn't bury them," Howard said. "We let them come back in the game.
"I guess our execution wasn't there. We went about five or six possessions without scoring."
Orlando led 45-40 at the half behind 12 points each from Hill and Howard, who grabbed 13 rebounds.
In the early minutes, everything the Grizzlies tried was futile: They could do nothing with Howard as the Magic center had nine points and eight rebounds at the end of the first quarter. Most of those came inside on follows and dunks, and by the second period, Howard already had reached his fifth double-double in the last six games.
Meanwhile, Memphis was struggling from the field, shooting 26 percent early.
"We started the game off very, very (poorly)," Lowry said. "We didn't make shots. We seemed kind of dead."
Still, when Howard took a breather in the second quarter, Memphis -- behind Warrick, who had 11 in the half -- was able to take its first lead midway through the period.
The Grizzlies whittled away at the Magic lead in the third and even overtook Orlando. But back-to-back baskets by Nelson and Hill scoring inside helped the Magic hold on to a 65-63 lead entering the fourth.
Orlando couldn't maintain the lead when the Grizzlies put together their run, and Magic coach Brian Hill pointed to a myriad of reasons for the loss, including 19 turnovers.
"Turnovers hurt us tonight," the Orlando coach said. "Our offensive execution was horrible. We did a poor job feeding the post, trying to make plays that weren't there. Our shot selection was bad. We just didn't execute."
|Rudy Gay provides an authoritative slam dunk to help the Grizzlies snap a losing streak. (Getty Images)|
|Memphis (2-8) «||14||26||23||32||95|
|ORL:D. Howard 24 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 23 Reb
ORL:G. Hill 7 Ast
|MEM:H. Warrick 26 Pts
MEM:H. Warrick 10 Reb
MEM:K. Lowry 6 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|D. Howard, PF||41||9-12||6-8||23||1||0||24|
|G. Hill, SF||38||6-10||4-5||6||7||2||16|
|H. Turkoglu, SG||35||4-16||2-2||3||5||2||12|
|J. Nelson, PG||34||5-12||2-2||2||4||4||12|
|T. Battie, C||29||5-7||0-0||5||1||2||10|
|D. Milicic, PF||18||0-5||0-0||5||1||2||0|
|C. Arroyo, PG||15||1-6||0-0||0||3||3||3|
|K. Dooling, PG||13||1-4||1-1||2||0||4||3|
|K. Bogans, SG||13||2-5||0-0||2||0||2||4|
|T. Ariza, SF||6||1-1||0-0||2||1||1||2|
|B. Outlaw, PF||Did Not Play|
|P. Garrity, PF||Did Not Play|
|T. Diener, PG||Did Not Play|
|J. Augustine, PF||Did Not Play|
|J. Redick, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|H. Warrick, PF||33||11-19||4-5||10||1||1||26|
|C. Atkins, PG||30||2-8||1-2||2||1||0||6|
|M. Miller, SF||27||4-6||0-0||1||4||0||11|
|R. Gay, SF||24||2-12||0-0||3||1||2||4|
|S. Swift, PF||14||2-6||1-2||3||0||1||5|
|K. Lowry, PG||30||6-10||3-5||5||6||3||16|
|D. Stoudamire, PG||25||1-7||2-2||2||5||1||4|
|J. Tsakalidis, C||24||4-5||3-3||9||0||2||11|
|D. Jones, SG||23||4-6||1-1||1||1||1||9|
|L. Roberts, PF||11||1-3||1-1||1||0||3||3|
|E. Jones, SG||Did Not Play|
|B. Cardinal, PF||Did Not Play|
|P. Gasol, PF||Did Not Play|
|A. Johnson, PF||Did Not Play|
|T. Kinsey, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|