Orlando (8-25) at Memphis (16-17)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Sat Jan 3, 2004
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Having ended a seven-game losing streak, Bonzi Wells and the Memphis Grizzlies shoot for their second straight win as they host the league-worst Orlando Magic at The Pyramid.

Wells, traded from Portland to Memphis a month ago, scored 21 points and handed out six assists Friday as the Grizzlies ended their skid with a 100-88 win over the Utah Jazz.

Wells shot 8-of-16 from the field to lead six Grizzlies in double figures. A starter in Portland, Wells is satisfied with his reserve role—for now.

“I’ll do whatever (Memphis coach Hubie Brown) wants me to do,” Wells said. “It’s definitely a different role, but you know, coach Brown is the coach. If he sees a starter in me, he’ll start me. If he likes me coming off the bench, I’ll just have to come off the bench with some firepower.”

Wells has helped boost Memphis’ second unit.

He played 32 minutes Friday and reserve point guard Earl Watson (10 points, nine assists) was on the floor for 29. Starters Jason Williams and Mike Miller played 19 and 14 minutes, respectively.

“We stayed with (the reserves) because this is the third straight game we came out shooting 2-of-14, 2-of-15, and (the starters) were tired,” Brown said. “We rewarded the second unit, the guys who came in and had 20 deflections. The first unit in nine minutes had zero deflections.”

The Magic have lost three straight—their longest losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 19 in a row to the start of the season.

Orlando’s recent skid has been furthered by injuries to All-Star guard Tracy McGrady. McGrady has been playing with groin and hip injuries and was held scoreless in a 114-86 loss to the New York Knicks on Monday.

McGrady scored 22 points in 47 minutes of a 112-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday. Drew Gooden had a career-high 29 points for Orlando.

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