Orlando (22-18) at Memphis (23-19)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Tue Jan 25, 2005
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The Memphis Grizzlies could be missing Bonzi Wells when they host the Orlando Magic at FedEx Forum.

Wells, the Grizzlies’ third-leading scorer at 11.6 points a game, left Saturday’s 110-94 win at Utah in the fourth quarter with a pulled groin. The 6-foot-5 swingman was to be evaluated. He was shooting 51 percent (34-for-67) in his past seven games, including 3-for-6 for 10 points in 23 minutes on Saturday.

Pau Gasol, who had scored only 13 points in his previous two games, had a team-high 23 points and Shane Battier added 16 for Memphis, which was coming off a 92-82 loss in Denver the previous night. The Grizzlies shot 57 percent (37-for-65) from the field and 58 percent (11-of-19) from 3-point range against the Jazz.

“I think this shows the character of these individuals. They didn’t like the way things went (in Denver) and tonight we just played good basketball,” said coach Mike Fratello, who has guided the Grizzlies to an 18-8 record since replacing Hubie Brown on Thanksgiving.

Memphis has won seven of eight at home, and 11 of 13 overall.

The Magic lost 89-78 at Houston on Monday even though the Rockets were missing reigning two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady.

Orlando, which came in with seven wins in its previous 10 games, scored a franchise-low 27 points in the first half.

Steve Francis had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists but also committed seven turnovers for the Magic.

Grant Hill, who missed Orlando’s 115-111 home win over Philadelphia on Saturday with a bruised right wrist, had 10 points. Hedo Turkoglu added eight points on 4-of-11 shooting after averaging 23.3 points on nearly 50 percent (29-for-59) in his previous four games.

The Magic won the first meeting against Memphis, 96-91 at home on Dec. 4, snapping a four-game losing streak in the series. Orlando is 12-5 all-time versus the Grizzlies, including 5-3 on the road.

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