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Fournier scores 22, Gordon adds 19 as Magic beat Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Aaron Gordon wasn't the first option on the Orlando Magic's game-winning play, but he came through when he got the ball.

Gordon made a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to erase Memphis' only lead of the fourth quarter as the Magic beat the Grizzlies 101-99 on Wednesday night.

The assist on the 23-footer that gave the Magic a 100-99 lead came from Evan Fournier, for whom the play initially was designed.

''There was some sort of miscommunication on their part,'' Gordon said of the Grizzlies' defense that initially left him open under the basket. ''I saw Evan start to drive and I had to relocate. I got to the 3-point line and knocked it down.''

Then Gordon had to endure watching Memphis rookie Dillon Brooks misfire on an open 3 with five seconds left.

''I for sure thought that game was over. I thought they had won,'' Gordon said of Brooks' shot. ''You could pack it up. ... I for sure thought that ball was going to go straight to the rim, and that was going to be the end of the game.''

Fournier led the Magic with 22 points, while Gordon finished with 19. Terrence Ross added 15 points to help Orlando win for the fifth time in six games.

Orlando held leads throughout the fourth quarter, by no more than five points after the first minutes of the period. But Memphis could only take the lead once - at 99-97 - on a floating bank shot by Marc Gasol with 1:04 left.

Gordon's game-winning 3 gave the Magic the lead back for good, although Orlando committed three of its 24 turnovers in the final 36.2 seconds.

''We got very lucky down the stretch, but that's the game of basketball,'' Orlando coach Frank Vogel said.

Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies with 32 points, while Gasol finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. James Ennis III scored 14 points for Memphis, which played without started point guard Mike Conley, who is nursing a sore left Achilles.

Despite taking the late lead and even having a chance to win, Memphis coach David Fizdale said his team deserved to lose for multiple reasons.

''You cannot mess with the basketball gods. I deeply believe that,'' Fizdale said. ''Our huddles were a joke. Our communication was ridiculous. No one owned anything.

''The most frustrating part about it was, that's a game we had in our grips.''

TIP-INS

Magic: Fournier connected on a 3-pointer in the first quarter and now has made a 3 in 33 straight games, third-longest active streak in the league. ... The Magic have made a 3-pointer in 828 consecutive games. ... G D.J. Augustin left late in the first half with a left hamstring strain and did not return. .Fournier has scored at least 20 points in seven of the Magic's eight games this season.

Grizzlies: Evans' 32 points, was his first 30-point performance since scoring 34 points against Golden State on December 14, 2014. ... Mario Chalmers started in Conley's spot, his first start of the season. ... Gasol, as he was in Monday's game against Charlotte, was listed as questionable with a left ankle problem, but played.

LONG TIME COMING

The win snapped Orlando's nine-game losing streak in Memphis. The Magic had not won on the Grizzlies' home floor since Jan. 23, 2008. Orlando is 3-14 in road games against the Grizzlies since the team moved from Vancouver.

CONLEY SITS

An explanation may have emerged for Mike Conley's recent erratic play. The point guard is nursing a sore left Achilles. Conley has made only 13 of 51 shots over the previous three games, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc. ''He was trying to play through a lot of pain in that same area,'' Fizdale said. ''I just felt like, it's early in the season, and there's no need to push something like that.''

UP NEXT

MAGIC: Return home after a three-game road trip to face the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

GRIZZLIES: Begin a five-game road trip Saturday in Los Angeles before facing the Lakers on Sunday.

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Key Players
A. Gordon
00 F
M. Gasol
33 C
34.1 Min. Per Game 34.1
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
9.7 Reb. Per Game 9.7
56.1 Field Goal % 46.2
54.7 Three Point % 43.0
73.9 Free Throw % 80.4
+ 1 Terrence Ross made 1st of 2 free throws 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans 0:00
  Terrence Ross missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
  Terrence Ross missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
  Personal foul on Tyreke Evans 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross 0:01
  Dillon Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
  Bad pass turnover on Terrence Ross 0:10
  Personal foul on Dillon Brooks 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac 0:13
  Mario Chalmers missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
Team Stats
Points 101 99
Field Goals 38-75 (50.7%) 39-82 (47.6%)
3-Pointers 13-29 (44.8%) 10-30 (33.3%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 11-16 (68.8%)
Total Rebounds 45 42
Offensive 6 5
Defensive 32 26
Team 7 11
Assists 25 21
Steals 6 12
Blocks 8 3
Turnovers 24 13
Fouls 22 16
Technicals 1 1
22 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
32 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Magic 6-2 23312720101
home team logo Grizzlies 5-3 2628212499
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 6-2 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 5-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
E. Fournier F 17.8 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.9 APG 45.9 FG%
T. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
E. Fournier F 22 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
T. Evans G 32 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
50.7 FG% 47.6
44.8 3PT FG% 33.3
85.7 FT% 68.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 37 22 8 3 1 0 2 3 9/16 4/7 0/0 3 5 35 +10
A. Gordon 34 19 7 2 2 1 1 0 7/11 2/4 3/4 0 7 32 +14
T. Ross 23 15 3 1 0 2 4 3 6/14 2/6 1/2 0 3 18 +13
N. Vucevic 31 7 5 4 1 0 4 3 3/11 1/3 0/0 1 4 17 +9
D. Augustin 13 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 1 12 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 37 22 8 3 1 0 2 3 9/16 4/7 0/0 3 5 35 +10
A. Gordon 34 19 7 2 2 1 1 0 7/11 2/4 3/4 0 7 32 +14
T. Ross 23 15 3 1 0 2 4 3 6/14 2/6 1/2 0 3 18 +13
N. Vucevic 31 7 5 4 1 0 4 3 3/11 1/3 0/0 1 4 17 +9
D. Augustin 13 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 1 12 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Mack 25 9 2 8 0 0 2 2 3/4 1/2 2/2 0 2 25 -4
J. Simmons 26 9 5 2 1 0 5 3 3/7 0/2 3/3 1 4 14 -13
J. Isaac 19 7 4 1 0 3 1 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 1 3 15 -11
M. Speights 4 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 1 10 +7
A. Afflalo 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
B. Biyombo 12 0 2 0 0 1 1 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 -14
M. Hezonja 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -6
W. Iwundu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 101 38 25 6 8 24 22 38/75 13/29 12/14 6 32 179 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 36 22 9 0 0 1 1 1 10/14 2/4 0/1 1 8 31 -9
J. Ennis III 35 14 3 3 2 0 0 1 4/9 1/4 5/5 0 3 25 +3
A. Harrison 20 9 1 2 1 0 3 1 4/8 0/3 1/1 1 0 12 -18
M. Chalmers 26 7 3 5 4 1 2 3 3/12 1/4 0/0 0 3 23 -8
J. Martin 19 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 2 8 -23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 36 22 9 0 0 1 1 1 10/14 2/4 0/1 1 8 31 -9
J. Ennis III 35 14 3 3 2 0 0 1 4/9 1/4 5/5 0 3 25 +3
A. Harrison 20 9 1 2 1 0 3 1 4/8 0/3 1/1 1 0 12 -18
M. Chalmers 26 7 3 5 4 1 2 3 3/12 1/4 0/0 0 3 23 -8
J. Martin 19 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 2 8 -23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 34 32 3 4 2 0 5 4 13/20 4/6 2/3 0 3 40 +9
D. Brooks 37 12 4 0 0 0 1 4 5/13 2/6 0/0 1 3 15 +12
B. Wright 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/4 0 2 4 +7
C. Parsons 19 1 2 6 1 1 1 1 0/4 0/2 1/2 0 2 16 +17
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 99 31 21 12 3 13 16 39/82 10/30 11/16 5 26 174 -10