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Big fourth quarters from Warrick, Miller help Grizzlies end skid

Nov 21, 2006 - 3:39 AM MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- In their return to FedEx Forum, Hakim Warrick and Mike Miller delivered.

Warrick scored eight of his 26 points in the final six minutes and Miller hit a pair of big 3-pointers down the stretch as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 95-86 win over the Orlando Magic.

Memphis avoided its first eight-game slide since opening the 2002-03 season with 13 straight defeats. The Grizzlies also snapped the Magic's four-game winning streak, doing so with a crisp 22-6 run over the final 5:16 that included a pair of meaningless dunks by Orlando's Dwight Howard.

"We got it going down the stretch," Miller said. "We got it going and were able to run a little bit in transition. We hit some shots, and things started going our way."

Warrick made a finger roll and a bank shot to bring Memphis within 80-79 and Miller drilled a 3-pointer to put the Grizzlies ahead with 3:37 remaining. Warrick added a pair of free throws and a turnaround jumper before Miller knocked down another shot from the arc for an 89-82 advantage with 1:10 left.

"I missed a lot of shots that I normally make last game," Warrick said. "I wanted to come out and have a big game tonight."

Coming off a woeful 1-for-13 performance in Saturday's 89-84 loss to Dallas, Warrick responded by making 11-of-19 shots and pulling down 10 rebounds.

"Hakim bounced back from the game in Dallas to save us with 26 points," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "He came in with energy to give us great production off the bench late."

Rookie Kyle Lowry contributed 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals for Memphis, which also got 11 points apiece from Miller and Jake Tsakalidis.

"My teammates have confidence in me and everyone on our team has confidence in each other," said Lowry, whose energy and hustle fueled the comeback. "When you have that confidence coming from your veteran guys, you can only feel comfortable on that team."

The Magic wasted a big game from Howard, who collected 24 points and 23 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. He made 9-of-12 shots from the field en route to his second consecutive 20-20 game and third this season.

"We really needed this game," Howard said. "We played hard, but we just came up short. They had the energy in the fourth quarter."

Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu both chipped in with 12 points for Orlando, which made just 3-of-14 3-pointers and committed 18 turnovers.

"Our turnovers came back to haunt us," Nelson said. "We have to have more concentration at the end of the game. We didn't play well, but we had a lead. We have to learn how to put a foot on their throat."

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