Tracy McGrady has had a few days to think about his recent shooting woes.
McGrady scored 14 points on 5-for-21 shooting as the Magic dropped their sixth straight, 96-86 at Houston on Saturday. That performance followed up a four-point effort in a 100-71 home loss to Minnesota.
McGrady, who scored a career-high 32.1 points per game in 2002-03, had his lowest point total in a Magic uniform against the Timberwolves and failed to reach double figures for the first time in 116 games. He scored 26.4 points over the first five games this season.
McGrady will have to break out against a defense that may have learned how to defend him in the last meeting. He scored 28 of his 34 points in the first half before Memphis contained him with a zone defense in the second half of a 110-104 win on March 24.
The rest of the Orlando squad has been shooting poorly of late with a 39.8 percent performance (58-for-146) over the last two games.
The Magic have been reeling since wasting a 3-1 series lead in last season’s playoff loss to Detroit and need to gain some momentum as they play their final home game before a five-game road trip.
The Grizzlies snapped a three-game slide with a 105-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
Shane Battier’s four-point play with 1:58 left put the game out of reach for the Lakers, who turned the ball over on eight straight possessions in the third quarter to fall behind.
“Kobe (Bryant) was right in my face,” said Battier, who returned after missing one game with a sprained right knee. “I can’t tell you it was a skillful shot because it was more luck than anything.”
Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Lorenzen Wright and James Posey scored 15 apiece and Jason Williams had 10 points, eight assists and five steals as the Grizzlies beat the Lakers for just the third time in 32 all-time meetings.
“This is a good win, an uplifting win for us,” Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. “Tonight was the first night we put everything together as a team.”
Following Wednesday’s game the Grizzlies face a tough two-game homestand against Detroit and Dallas.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Grizzlies - 7th place, 2 GB, Midwest Division. Magic - 6th place, 2 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Grizzlies - Gasol, 16.1 ppg; Wright, 7.1 rpg; Williams, 8.1 apg. Magic - McGrady, 21.4 ppg and 5.3 apg; Gooden, 8.1 rpg.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Grizzlies, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: March 24; Grizzlies, 110-104. At Orlando, Gasol led the way with 26 points and eight rebounds and Williams added 17 points and 15 assists for the Grizzlies.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Grizzlies - 1-3 on the road; Magic - 0-5 at home.
INJURIES: Grizzlies - F Theron Smith (knee); F Ryan Humphrey (concussion); G Dahntay Jones (ankle); G Troy Bell (knee). Magic - G Gordon Giricek (foot); F Grant Hill (ankle); F Britton Johnson (knee).