Memphis 88, L.A. Lakers 82
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 21 (Ticker) --
The Memphis Grizzlies had their
"Big Three." The Los Angeles Lakers did not.
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, Pau Gasol
and Mike Miller
all came up big in the
second half as the Grizzlies matched a franchise-high six-game
winning streak with an 88-82 victory over the shorthanded
Williams was the general in the second half as the Grizzlies
rallied from a six-point deficit at intermission. He scored 10
of his 17 points after the break and also collected 10 assists.
"Jason's coming into his own right now," Grizzlies forward Shane Battier
said. "He's been hurt, but he's getting his feel back
and he's been great for us."
Williams also came up the biggest in a 19-7 run that bridged the
third and fourth quarters that gave the Grizzlies control of
Miller collected 18 points and Miller 17 for the Grizzlies, who
improved to 2-1 against the Lakers this season.
"It was a game where things didn't go well early for us," Miller
said. "They came out hard and outrebounded us on our home
court, but we came back in the second half. That's growing up a
The Lakers again were without injured superstars Shaquille O'Neal
, Kobe Bryant
and Karl Malone
. Their absence showed as
the Lakers record their lowest offensive output of the season
and shot just 35 percent (29-of-83) from the field en route to
their eighth straight road loss.
"We don't care about points, we care about winning ballgames,"
Lakers coach Phil Jackson
said. "We don't have the players or
personnel to go out and score 105 points."
scored 28 points to lead the Lakers, who built a
46-40 halftime lead before falling apart over the final two
"We have to play 48 minutes to win basketball games and we're
not doing that," Payton said. "We're playing 24, and we're
losing at the end."
Gasol's layup with 2:34 left in the third quarter started a 7-0
run that ended the period and gave the Grizzlies a 69-62 lead.
Gasol had nine points in the quarter while Miller contributed
Williams hit a jumper and 3-pointer, giving Memphis a
comfortable 84-71 advantage with 4:49 to go.
The Lakers struggled on offense the entire period and had just
three baskets before Payton converted a layup and Bryon Russell
a 3-pointer in the final minute.
added 11 points for the Grizzlies, who shot 47
percent (36-of-76) and were able to win despite making just
12-of-23 free throws.