Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Stats, Highlights and Analysis
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The Memphis Grizzlies have dropped the first three games of their four-game West Coast road trip. They'd love to end the streak with a win against the Los Angeles Lakers. But that won't be an easy task.
The Grizzlies have lost the last three meetings with the Lakers, and LA has the second best home record in the NBA at 20-3.
Grizzlies and Lakers tip off just after 10:30 pm ET. Check back here for up-to-the-minute stats and analysis.
Grizzlies 102 Lakers 96 Final
The eight point margin of victory doesn't tell the story of how thoroughly Memphis outplayed the Lakers tonight. Consider the following.
With the exception of a 15-0 run over about six minutes in the third quarter Memphis beat Los Angeles by 23 points.
The Memphis bench outscored the Lakers bench by a margin of 41-9
Memphis shot 51.2 percent from the field. The Grizzlies also had seven players in double figures paced by Rudy Gay's 18 points.
The Lakers got 30 points from Andrew Bynum but the seven-footer managed to somehow only grab four rebounds.
Add in the mini-tantrum thrown by Kobe late in the fourth quarter and this was night that the Lakers would like to forget. The real question is can they?
Grizzlies 98 Lakers 89: 1:51 left in 4th Quarter
It could be just one of those little things that happen on every team at some point. Then again when that team is the Los Angeles Lakers and the player's name is Kobe Bryant that "little thing" could blow up into a seemingly much larger thing.
With 5:43 left in the game Kobe Bryant displayed overt frustration during a timeout by punching a chair. When play resumed Metta World Peace was in the game and Kobe Bryant was out. Not just out but out sitting at the end of the bench.
With Bryant on the bench the Lakers rolled off a quick 6-0 run. Then as if on cue two of Memphis' bench players answered with a 5-0 run.
Grizzlies 93 Lakers 79: 5:45 left in 4th Quarter
The fourth quarter has been one to forget so far for the Los Angeles Lakers. With the deficit at 14 points it's worth noting that aside from the 15-0 run that spanned about six minutes of the third quarter the Lakers have been outscored by 29 points tonight.
Grizzlies 89 Lakers 76: 6:43 left in 4th Quarter
With Rudy Gay, and Mike Conley on the bench you'd expect the Lakers to be able to make a run or at least play Memphis even. That hasn't been the case though.
The Memphis bench has sparked the Grizzlies to a 16-6 run to open the fourth quarter.
Grizzlies 82 Lakers 74: 8:47 left in 4th Quarter
The Memphis bench has answered the challenge that Kobe and the Lakers presented as the third quarter came to a close.
They've led the Grizzlies on a 9-4 run early on in the fourth quarter and have pushed the Memphis lead back to eight points.
Zach Randolph has six points and 11 rebounds while Hamed Haddini has 10 points and five rebounds. The Memphis bench has outscored the Lakers' bench 25-6.
Grizzlies 73 Lakers 70: End of 3rd Quarter
Marc Gasol hit a layup with 7:47 left in the third quarter to make it a 65-51 Grizzlies lead.
Then everything changed.
Bryant rolled off six straight points, Gasol got one to fall and then the whole Lakers team was clicking.
By the time Tony Allen stopped the bleeding with 2:45 left it was a 15-0 Lakers run. Memphis answered back with an eight-nothing run of their own.
The third quarter was truly a see-saw affair but aided by Kobe's 11 point third quarter the Lakers won the quarter and succeeded in cutting into a double digit lead.
Most importantly the Lakers played with considerably more focus as the quarter progressed. Memphis will probably have to hold off a pretty robust Lakers effort in the fourth quarter if they want to leave Los Angeles with a win.
Grizzlies 65 Lakers 63: 3:43 left in 3rd Quarter
It's now a 12-0 run that the Lakers are on. The run has been led by, who else? Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.
The Grizzlies look rattled, they've turned the ball over and are getting beat on the boards as well.
Grizzlies 65 Lakers 57: 5:27 left in 3rd Quarter
Kobe Bryant was having a bad game. Credit that to Tony Allen who has played tough defense all night on Bryant. As good as Allen's effort has been Kobe can't be kept in check all night. Bryant has started to get his shots to fall and has singlehandedly cut the lead to seven points. Bryant has 14 points on 5 of 10 from the field.
Pau Gasol is still struggling from the field but he's been indispensable to Los Angeles on the glass. He's already notched a double-double tonight with 10 points and 12 rebounds in spite of his 3 of 12 night from the field.
Grizzlies 56 Lakers 46: Halftime
Keys To Second Half:
- Memphis must keep hitting the glass.
- Get the ball in the hands of the guys who are your best scorers. Rudy Gay and Mike Conley both had good first halves. Marc Gasol needs to step up as well
- Gasol and Bryant must hit more shots. They probably will too.
- Rebounding. The Lakers are one of the best rebounding teams in the league. They need to show it. Specifically Andrew Bynum
- Hustle, there were times when the Lakers just get out-hustled that can't happen.
Grizzlies 56 Lakers 46: Halftime
The Los Angeles Lakers give up an average of 93.2 points per game while allowing a field goal percentage of just 42.6 percent. That's why head coach Mike Brown has to concerned with the numbers that Memphis has at the half.
The Grizzlies used great ball distribution and aggressive rebounding to head to the locker room with 56 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Memphis has gotten 13 points from Rudy Gay and 11 from Mike Conley.
The Lakers poor defense and rebounding was not aided by the poor shooting of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant. The two are combined 4 of 17 from the field and have scored 13 points.
If not the performance of Andrew Bynum who has a game high 16 points and Ramon Sessions who chipped in with 11 the score wouldn't be as close as it is.
Don't get too high on Bynum though. He's got only one rebound in the first half. That's a major problem for a team that depends on rebounding and is currently losing the battle of the boards by a 27-19 margin.
Grizzlies 53 Lakers 42: 1:04 left in 2nd Quarter
Los Angeles went from poor shooting and good defense to just getting outplayed on both ends of the floor.
Memphis has forced turnovers, hit shots, moved without the ball and played aggressive smart defense. The Lakers meanwhile have spent as much time complaining to each other and the refs as they have executing on offense or playing smart defense.
Los Angeles leads the league in rebounding but tonight Memphis owns a 27-18 advantage on the boards. Zach Randolph has come off the bench to grab six rebounds.
Grizzlies 38 Lakers 31: 6:33 left in 2nd Quarter
The Grizzlies continue to scrap and the Lakers have who have struggled on offense all night have suffered a few defensive breakdowns as well.
The last straw was Grizzlies backup center Hamed Haddadi loping untouched down the lane for an easy dunk. That prompted a Mike Brown timeout.
Memphis is now shooting 47 percent from the the field and the easy baskets are especially a concern for coach Brown.
Grizzlies 32 Lakers 28: 8:41 left in 2nd Quarter
First the Laker's second unit looked disjointed then Memphis brought their's in and in no time at all the Grizzlies experienced some of the same problems.
Turnovers, tipped balls, poor decision making and bad shots have plagued the second units of both teams. Neither team has really been able to secure any sort of momentum in the early part of the second quarter.
The Lakers are still shooting just 34.6 percent from the field.
Grizzlies 28 Lakers 24: End of 1st Quarter
While the score is close the Grizzlies have not been able to take advantage of some uncharacteristically poor Lakers' shooting.
Bryant and Pau Gasol are a combined 3 of 12 from the field. Memphis closed out the quarter on a 10-2 run and are led by Rudy Gay who has nine points on 4 of 8 shooting.
It's still very close and the Grizzlies run coincided with the removal of Ramon Sessions from the game. Steve Blake committed two turnovers in just three minutes of action.
Memphis can't count on Bryant and Pau Gasol remaining so cold from the floor
Lakers 22 Grizzlies 20: 2:34 left in 1st Quarter
Ramon Sessions was expected to have an impact on the Lakers and so far he hasn't disappointed. His speed and ball handling should open up the offense for L.A. and his scoring ability should remove some of the scoring burden from Kobe Bryant.
Sessions has five points and one assist as the first quarter draws close to its' conclusion.
Lakers 14 Grizzlies 12: 5:22 left in 1st Quarter
Both teams have looked alternately good and bad in the opening minutes. Pau Gasol has six points and five rebounds but he's a woeful 2 of 8 from the field.
Memphis has gotten balanced scoring with Rudy Gay's 4 points leading the way.
Memphis Grizzlies ( 25-21, 9-14 away)
PG: Mike Conley
SG: Tony Allen
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Marreese Speights
C: Marc Gasol
Los Angeles Lakers ( 30-18, 20-3 home)
PG: Ramon Sessions
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Metta World Peace
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Andrew Bynum
The struggling Memphis Grizzlies have dropped six of their last eight games. One of those six losses was a hard fought loss at home to the Los Angeles Lakers in Memphis two Tuesdays ago.
Tonight the two teams meet up for the third and final time this season.
Since they last met the Lakers have undergone some changes. At the trade deadline Derek Fisher, Luke Walton and Jason Kapono were all shipped out of town. Replacing them on the roster are center Jordan Hill, forward Christian Eyenga and point guard Ramon Sessions.
Memphis didn't make any major trades at the deadline but the team that the Lakers face tonight will be a different one than what they saw in Memphis almost two weeks ago.
Both Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph are healthy. The Grizzlies were hoping their return would give the team a boost in the standings and improve their overall play. So far that hasn't been the case.
Tonight's matchup should be highly competitive. The Lakers are playing very good basketball. Newly acquired Ramon Sessions made his debut as a Lakers' starter on Friday night and responded with 20 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds.
The Grizzlies aren't playing their best basketball but this is a game they really need to win and at some point the returns of both Gay and Randolph should start to translate into some wins.
The Lakers would prefer if that point can wait until after tonight's matchup.
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