ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Eddie Jones had five 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Pau Gasol had 22 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 94-85 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Steve Francis had 22 points for the Magic (0-2), who have lost both game at home, while Dwight Howard fought through four trouble to score 16.

The Grizzlies (1-1) took control in the middle of the fourth quarter after Orlando had gotten within 72-70 on two free throws by Kelvin Cato. Gasol hit consecutive jump shots and Jones made a 3 and Memphis gradually pulled away.

Neither team could sustain an offensive run in the first half that ended with Memphis in front 43-40.

The Magic hit seven of their first eight shots from the field, but struggled after that. Francis had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and was the only Orlando player in double figures at halftime.

Shane Battier sparked an 11-2 run that gave Memphis a 65-56 lead. The forward started the rally with a three-point play and finished it with two free throws after he received an inadvertent elbow to the top of his head from Cato on a drive to the basket.

Battier pump-faked Cato into the air, then jumped right into the Magic center’s elbow trying to get a shot off. He left the game immediately after shooting the free throws and received eight stitches to close the wound.

AP-ES-11-04-05 2151EST


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.