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Grizzlies 108, Magic 82

The SportsXchange

ORLANDO -- Center Marc Gasol had 12 points and a career-high 11 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to an easy 108-82 victory over the hapless Orlando Magic Sunday night.

It was the ninth victory in the last 10 games for the Grizzlies who are driving to secure home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Grizzies (39-19) were without leading scoring and All-Star Zach Randolph -- out with a sprained ankle -- but it didn't slow their ability to dominate an overmatched opponent.

The Grizzlies had six players reach double figure scoring. Tayshaun Prince, who was acquired in a trade from Detroit a month ago, had 14 points and four rebounds. Mike Conley had 13 points and four assists. Tony Allen had 13 points.

The Magic were led by Arron Afflalo, Andrew Nicholson and E'Twaun Moore, each with 12 points. Maurice Harkless had 11 points.

It was the sixth time this season the Magic have lost a home game by 24 points or more. The Grizzlies are 18-0 this season when scoring 100 points or more. They shot 53 percent from the field (44 of 83), and they are 10-1 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better.

Their defensive, which is one of the stingiest in the league, smothered the Magic from start to finish.

The Grizzlies led 60-35 at halftime when they made 25 of 42 field goal attempts (59.5 percent). Conley had 11 points and reserve Ed Davis had 10. Gasol looked like a point-center early in the game with eight assists in the first two quarters.

Prince hit a 3-point basket to start the game, and the Grizzlies never trailed Sunday.

Darrell Arthur, starting in place of Randolph, took a scary fall in the second quarter when he landed on his back and his head after getting fouled by Al Harrington while attempting to dunk.

Although he stayed in the game for a minute after taking his free throw attempts, he left soon and never returned, complaining of headaches. He will be examined by the team's medical staff upon a return to Memphis Monday morning.

NOTES: Randolph missed Sunday's game with a sprained left ankle, sustained early in Friday night's loss to Miami. Randolph finished the Friday game and played 37 minutes, but the ankle swelled up and he was held out Sunday. He is expected back for the next game Wednesday at home against Portland. Darrell Arthur got the start, his first of the season. ... Memphis coach Lionel Hollins was raving before the game about veteran forward Tayshaun Prince, acquired a month ago in a trade from Detroit, even though he has been averaging just 8.5 points as a Grizzlies player. It's his presence and his championship experience that Hollins really likes. "He's a veteran. He talks to the young guys. He lets everyone know when things are not right, if we're not playing the right way," Hollins said. "It's been good having him." ... Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed his sixth consecutive game with a bruised left knee. ... The Magic have used 19 different starting lineups this season, including the one Sunday that had two rookies and two second-year players. Only Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic remain from the opening night lineup. "I'd love to have had the same starting lineup we had on opening night," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "But injuries, and other things, did not cooperate."
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