Led by 23 first-half points from Kobe Bryant, the Lakers beat the Grizzlies Tuesday night to improve their overall record to 4-0. With the loss, the Grizzlies fell to 2-2 for the season. Below are both the highs and lows from the 124-105 Laker victory.
Kobe's First-Half: In the first-half of Tuesday night's game, Kobe scored all of his team-high 23 points, on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from the three-point line. At times, it appeared Bryant was toying with the Memphis Defense
Up to this point, Bryant's general basketball movement has looked good, following his offseason knee surgery. The only thing missing up to this point has been Bryant's shooting, as he has struggled with his shot dating back to the preseason. If Tuesday night was any indication, it looks as though Bryant has found his old shooting touch.
The Killer Bees: Barnes, Brown and Blake played another great game tonight for the Lakers. After four games, the trio is averaging 24 points a game.
Tuesday night, the trio combined for 39 points, which included a 16 point,14 rebound performance from Matt Barnes. The Lakers bench outscored the Grizzlies' bench 50 to 30.
Lamar Odom's Historical Night: Lamar had another stellar game in Tuesday night's victory. Odom finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. In addition to another well-rounded performance, Odom became the 29th fastest player in the history of the NBA to reach 11,000 points.
Rudy Gay: The small forward finished with a game-high 30 points, on 12-18 shooting for the Grizzlies. Gay scored 13 of his 30 points during a third quarter run that cut the Lakers' 27 point halftime lead down to 14.
Laker Turnovers: The Lakers finished Tuesday's game with 19 turnovers. Sunday night against the Warriors, the Lakers had 20. The only problem is that LA has had early in the season has been taking care of the basketball.
On the other hand, the Grizzlies came into Tuesday's game leading the league in opponent's forced turnovers. In the first four games, the Grizzlies have forced opponents into 22 turnovers a game.
A Grizzly Field Goal Percentage: The Grizzlies started the game shooting 0-8 from the field. During that stretch the Lakers built a 13-2 lead and never looked back. Overall, the Grizzlies shot 41 percent from the field, compared to 51 percent shooting from the Lakers.
O.J. Mayo: Mayo finished 3-of-11 from the field, with only eight points. On top of his rough offensive night, Mayo was abused on the defensive end, as most of Kobe's 23 first-half points came with Mayo guarding him.
The Lakers will try to improve to 5-0 Wednesday night, as they travel to Sacramento to face the Kings. The Grizzlies will travel to Golden State Wednesday night, as they continue their four-game road trip.