ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 23 (AP) -- Kobe Bryant
had 24 points and nine
assists and Rick Fox
added 21 points as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 128-94 exhibition victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Samaki Walker takes one to the house.
Catherine Steenkeste/NBAE Photos
had 19 points and seven rebounds for the two-time defending NBA champs, who rested all of their starters after building a 102-69 lead and forcing 17 turnovers through the first three quarters. Samaki Walker
finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Jason Williams had 13 points and eight assists and rookie Shane Battier had nine points for the short-handed Grizzlies (4-2). Michael Dickerson sat out his second straight game because of a stomach virus, Nick Anderson missed his fourth game because of a
strained right shoulder and Bryant Reeves was sidelined with back spasms.
Bryant, who has led the Lakers in scoring in five of their six preseason games, helped build a 68-45 halftime lead with 16 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Los Angeles outscored Memphis 10-0 over the final 3½ minutes of the first quarter to pull away by 17. They increased the margin to 27 points on a jumper by Walker that capped an 11-2 run with 1:08 left in the second quarter.
The Lakers trimmed their roster to 17 Tuesday by waiving center Peter Cornell, a 7-footer from nearby Loyola Marymount who averaged 0.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 9.0 minutes in his three preseason games.