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The Grizzlies show that they are at another level and walk in Orlando

Comfortable victory for the Memphis Grizzlies against the Orlando Magic who could do little (115-135). Taylor Jenkins’ pupils strolled through the Amway Center even allowing themselves to rest their starters. Ja Morant, once again, was the most outstanding player of the match.

From the first quarter of the game, the points in the paint and the control of the rebound were enough for the Grizzlies. Memphis took advantage at the first change thanks to several offensive rebounds and the game ended there. The 13-point lead at the end of the first 12 minutes was insurmountable for the rest of the match.

Defensively, the Grizzlies came together by inviting the Magic to take outside shots without moving the ball into the zone. The poor accuracy of the locals in the first quarter, 4 of 14 in triples and 6 of 20 in field goals, set the tone of the game. Furthermore, turnovers also became a weapon exploited by the visitors.

Morant, who was questionable going into the match due to foot pain, was fantastic. The newly named All-Star for the first time in his career, he finished with 33 points and 7 assists. It was not the only outstanding performance, the comfortable advantage made rotations possible and up to seven Grizzlies players scored more than 10 points.

Concentration Award

After the game, Morant wanted to highlight the good moment the Grizzlies are going through. “Not all teams are as focused as we are,” said the young star. And it is that, taking the stumbling block from overtime against the 76ers, the Grizzlies have started February in the same way they ended last month. His record (37-18) is the third best in the entire league.

The members of the Magic accepted the defeat, knowing that they were not playing against a team of their level. His coach, Jamahl Mosley, congratulated the Grizzlies on his performance. “Merit to them. They are on a roll, they are playing well at the moment. Again, this is a bit of a blip for us, but the best thing about the NBA is that you can bounce back tomorrow and figure out what you need to fix.”

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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