MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mike Miller scored 25 points in his first game back from a concussion and led Memphis to its fourth straight win, 91-69 over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Miller made 8 of 13 shots, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, helping Memphis put the Magic away early. He missed two games after colliding with Houston’s Ryan Bowen on Nov. 25, leaving him also with a cut to his forehead.

The game pitted the NBA’s top two defensive teams, but the Grizzlies built a 32-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and shot 53 percent for the game.

The Magic played without leading scorer, Steve Francis, who traveled to Washington earlier Friday for a second opinion on his bruised chest and left shoulder. That took an average of nearly 18 points away from Orlando’s offense.

Bobby Jackson added 13 points for Memphis, and Damon Stoudamire was the only Grizzlies starter in double figures with 11. Memphis’ reserves outscored Orlando’s bench 57-21.

DeShawn Stevenson led Orlando with 22 points, making 10-of-14 from the field and adding four assists. Hedo Turkoglu scored 11, but hit only 4-of-13 shots for Orlando, which lost its second straight.

Memphis opened with a flurry, making 74 percent of its shots in the opening quarter to take a 33-15 lead. The 33 points was the highest Memphis total for a quarter this season, and the 15 was the fewest tallied in the first quarter by a Grizzlies opponent.

Memphis continued to build the lead in the second as the Magic missed nine of their first 10 shots. That helped the Grizzlies take a 55-32 lead into halftime.

Miller, who started his career in Orlando, came off the bench for 20 points. All six of his rebounds came in the first half.

Stevenson led the Magic with 12 points in the half.

The Magic, using more defensive pressure, made a few dents in the Grizzlies’ advantage during the third period, but never mounted an extended run. Memphis carried a 69-47 lead into the final quarter.


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