The last time the Los Angeles Lakers played the Memphis Grizzlies, the result was a rock-bottom moment for a team spiraling out of control.
Los Angeles walked out of the FedEx Forum that night a 13-point loser and eight games below the .500 mark at 17-25. Just one game past the season's midway point and the Lakers looked like a team defeated. One far away from even making the postseason, let alone realizing the preseason championship dreams.
Since that game, Los Angeles has been revived. The Lakers are 22-11 since that fateful Jan. 23 contest, a run ascendant enough to give them a one-game lead for the No. 8 spot over the Utah Jazz heading into Friday night.
Memphis is not without massive change either since the teams' first meeting. The Grizzlies have been a team possessed on both ends since trading Rudy Gay on Jan. 30, showing notable improvements on both ends of the floor. Memphis is tied with Denver in the loss column for third-place in the Western Conference heading into Friday's game and winners of four straight contests.
With both teams having massive playoff implications on the line, the matchup shaped up to be a doozy. Was it? Let's take a look at all of the highlights from Friday night's action.