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Memphis Grizzlies nail 107-106 win over Orlando Magic in heart-pounding clash

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TIGHT MATCH. The Memphis Grizzlies eclipse the Orlando Magic, 107-106, in a tough contest Friday night ((Saturday, January 27, in the Philippines), with Jaren Jackson Jr. hitting 30 points and grabbing eight rebounds. NBA PHOTO

The Memphis Grizzlies secured a narrow 107-106 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night (Saturday, January 27, in the Philippines), thanks to a stellar performance from Jaren Jackson Jr., who recorded 30 points and eight rebounds.
The Grizzlies, led by Luke Kennard’s 15 points, all from three-pointers, and Ziaire Williams’ 17 points off the bench, claimed their third consecutive win.
Orlando faced a setback early in the game as Jalen Suggs suffered a bruised left knee in the first quarter and did not return.
The Magic fought valiantly but fell short in the final moments, with Paolo Banchero leading their charge with 27 points.
Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 20 points and nine rebounds, while Franz Wagner added 18 points for Orlando, which has now lost seven of its last nine games.
The Grizzlies built their first double-digit lead in the third quarter and extended it to 11 early in the fourth.
However, Orlando mounted a comeback behind Banchero’s impressive performance, scoring 12 points in the final period. His three-pointer with 2:54 left cut the Memphis lead to 105-103.
The Magic continued to close the gap, and Wagner’s two free throws with 28.7 seconds left brought them within one point at 107-106.
In a tense final possession, Orlando caused a shot-clock violation with 4.7 seconds left, giving them a chance to secure the win.
The ball found its way to Joe Ingles for a three-point attempt from the left wing, but it rimmed out, sealing the Grizzlies’ victory.
Memphis improved to 5-15 at home, contrasting with their strong 13-12 away record.
Kennard, who has taken on a more significant role in the absence of Ja Morant and other injured point guards, contributed six assists in the game.
The Grizzlies emphasized ball movement, finishing with 30 assists, showcasing their team-oriented approach.
Kennard said they were telling each to continue to play with the pass, and move the ball, and they have done a good job in their recent games.
Ziaire Williams, coming off the bench, made a significant impact, shooting 7 of 10 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.
The Grizzlies collectively made 15 of 41 three-point attempts, demonstrating their ability to stretch the floor.
The game featured 12 lead changes and 10 ties in the first half, with Memphis closing the half on an 18-7 run to take a 68-59 lead. Despite facing adversity, both teams showcased resilience and fought hard until the final buzzer.
Memphis will look to build on its winning streak as they face the New Orleans Pelicans in their next matchup, while Orlando aims to bounce back against the Miami Heat.

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