The Los Angeles Lakers dropped their fourth-straight road game by falling 106-98 to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum on Friday night. The Grizz improved to 9-2 while the Lakers drop to 6-7 on the season.
Rudy Gay was all over the court and led the way for Memphis, scoring 21 points and adding eight rebounds and five assists. Zach Randolph turned in another impressive performance, scoring 17 points and snagging 12 boards.
Kobe Bryant was cold and shot just 4 of 15 from the field before going off in the fourth quarter for 14 points. He finished with 30 on the game. From the bench, forward Antawn Jamison provided a spark by adding 16 points and seven boards for the Lakers.
Bryant, averaging just 17 shots per game and shooting over 50 percent, took matters into his own hands in this one in an attempt to break the road struggles of the Lake Show. He shot 23 times and shot just 30 percent from the field. He also made 13 of his 30 points from the foul stripe on 14 attempts.
Player of the Game: Zach Randolph, C, Memphis Grizzlies
Randolph has continued to wreak havoc in the paint, especially on the offensive glass. His high energy and relentless ethic down low has helped solidify the Grizzlies as one of the best surprises in the early running.
Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol weren’t able to mount much of a defense against Randolph and Marc Gasol’s dominance in the paint.
Up Next For Lakers
Los Angeles will continue its quest for its first road victory of the season as they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on Saturday night. The Mavs walked into the Staples Center on opening night and handed the Lakers a decisive home loss.
Up Next For Grizzlies
Memphis will stay home and take the weekend off before hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Cleveland’s struggling and lost Kyrie Irving, its star point guard, for the immediate future.