Memphis 82, L.A. Lakers 72
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (Ticker) --
Thanks to a poor shooting effort from Kobe Bryant
, the Memphis Grizzlies stole their first road win over
the Los Angeles Lakers.
scored 17 points off the bench and the Grizzlies
held the Lakers to a franchise-low 24 points in the second half
to post an 82-72 victory.
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Memphis won for the first time in 19 road games vs. Los Angeles,
which got virtually nothing from Bryant, who entered Monday's
action leading the league in scoring.
"We read it on the ticker on television," Battier said of their
losing streak in Los Angeles. "Sometimes you are playing
against history. Some teams react negatively and some
positively. We are happy that we could get the goose egg off
Bryant led Los Angeles with eight assists but missed his last 10
shots to finish 2-of-16. He scored 19 seconds into the game
and had a basket late in the second, but added just seven free
throws to produce 11 points.
"It just goes with our inconsistency," Bryant said. "It is just
a growing process. When we were playing consistently the way
we did in our last game in Sacramento, you appreciate it that
After scoring 26 points in the first quarter and 22 in the
second, the Lakers had just 15 in the third before slumping to
nine in the fourth. The 24 points after intermission is one
fewer than their previous low, set in a 95-89 loss to the San
Antonio Spurs in 1994.
"There were so many things that happened for us tonight,"
Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "We have had horrendous
fourth quarters. Last night in the fourth quarter, we played
well defensively and tonight we played well defensively. So
that is a step in the right direction."
The Grizzlies' defensive effort peaked in the third quarter when
they turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 69-63 lead.
"It took a lot of concentration and a lot of luck to hold the
Lakers down to just 24 points in the second half," said point
guard Earl Watson
, who had six assists off the bench. "And we
beat one of the best players, if not the best in the NBA. He's
so talented I think it was more luck, but we do work hard and it
paid off tonight."
Memphis held Los Angeles without a basket for more than eight
minutes in the quarter, which was capped by Battier's 3-pointer
at the buzzer.
The Lakers shot 32 percent (23-of-72), including a dismal
2-of-18 in the fourth.
scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made five
blocks for Memphis, which beat the Los Angeles Clippers on
Sunday, giving them two wins in the STAPLES Center in as many
"I think we did a great job defensively and stopped their
rebounding," Gasol said. "It felt good. We played the second
half much better and with more intensity. We have never won
here in my four years so it felt real good to pull out the win.
"Obviously (the Lakers) are different without Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille is a big presence inside. They had issues and it is a
big loss for them to lose one of the best players and one who
dominates the most."
The Grizzlies held a 51-40 rebounding advantage.
Despite the frustration, Bryant was able to credit the
Grizzlies' defensive scheme.
"They played great defensively," Bryant said. "They just sagged
into the middle and turned us into an all perimeter team. We
were just taking jump shots and they were not falling for us.
They just kept me out on the perimeter. And most of my shots
were bail-out shots with the clock running down or taking a shot
with a hand in my face."