That was one of the keys Wednesday night as the Grizzlies handed the Orlando Magic their seventh consecutive loss, 107-97 Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies, who beat the Lakers on Monday night, upped their record to 4-4—matching the best start in franchise history. They won four of their first eight games in 2000.
They used their superior front court to dominate the game and closed it out with a 15-0 Run, featuring two 3-pointers by Posey and one by Jay Williams.
It was Posey’s defense against McGrady in the final quarter that settled the outcome.
“The thing about our team now is that we have so many options,” said reserve forward Shane Battier. “And the job Posey did against him in the second half was the difference. We were able to really gang up against him throughout the game, making him work.”
McGrady scored with 6:42 remaining, giving the Magic their last lead, 89-87. But it was his only basket of the fourth period, and McGrady limped off in the final seconds with a strained tendon in his right ankle.
The Magic held a 47-37 rebounding edge, but their lack of balance cost them. Orlando (1-7) is off to the worst start in franchise history, losing six consecutive home games.
“I think we’re playing better now, and I still believe in this team,” Magic Coach Doc Rivers said. “But we’re two things away from being a goodteam, mental toughness and closing out quarters.”
McGrady, Gasol and Posey all had season highs. … Memphis outscored the Magic 19-8 in fast-break points… . . Memphis was 9-of-19 on 3-pointers, while the Magic managed only 3-of-12 … The Magic are without Pat Garrity(knee) and Gordan Giricek (arch), their two best long-range shooters.