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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Magic Lose to Grizzlies 85-94



Steve Francis had 22 points for the Magic (0-2), who have lost both games at home, while Dwight Howard fought through foul trouble to score 16.

The Magic struggled to sustain any offense throughout the game. They had spurts of production in both halves, but each was short-lived.

"I didn't like our offensive execution at all," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "I didn't expect us to come flying out of the gate to start the season, but I have faith in these guys. We've got to work harder and execute better at the offensive end."

Francis blamed the trouble on "over-thinking."

"Everybody is trying to be real precise and that's causing us too many mistakes," he said.

The Grizzlies took control in the middle of the fourth quarter after Orlando had closed within 72-70 on two free throws by Cato. Gasol hit consecutive jump shots and Jones made a 3 and Memphis gradually pulled away.

Neither team could sustain an offensive run in the first half that ended with Memphis in front 43-40.

The Magic hit seven of their first eight shots from the field, but struggled after that. Francis had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and was the only Orlando player in double figures at halftime.

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