The Orlando Magic have played one quarter of their regular season schedule, and one of their characteristics has become increasingly clear in recent weeks. Their offense just isn't very good when they fail to move the ball. Monday night provided another example and more frustration: a 94-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in which the Magic made just 40 percent of their shots. The defeat extended Orlando's losing streak to six games. "I don't really have any words anymore," said swingman Arron Afflalo, shaking his head as he sat at a corner locker inside FedEx Forum. "It's at the point where you can't even be mad. I'll never get used to losing. We'll move on to the next game, I guess." The Magic (6-15) found little to like except, perhaps, the play of second-year power forward Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. The game had a turning point — a sharp turning point — after the Magic cut the Grizzlies' lead to 18-16 late in the first quarter on a pair of free throws by Afflalo. The Magic didn't score again for the next 6 minutes, 52 seconds. In that stretch, they missed nine consecutive shot attempts and turned the ball over five times. There were too many ill-advised shots as they stopped moving the ball from side-to-side and relied too much on individual play. Some of the poor shots were launched early in the shot clock or from long distance — like a Jameer Nelson jumper from 27 feet just 12 seconds after the Grizzlies scored on a reverse layup.
Magic's losing streak hits six games with 94-85 loss to Grizzlies
Orlando Sentinel | Dec 10