Jordan Hill, Shawne Williams
|W. Johnson||SF||T. Prince|
|J. Hill||PF||Z. Randoplh|
|P. Gasol||C||M. Gasol|
|J. Meeks||SG||T. Allen|
|S. Blake||PG||M. Conley|
K. Bryant: Achilles Out
S. Nash: Back Out
Q. Pondexter Nose Questionable
Randolph leads Grizzlies over Lakers 89-86
By Joe Resnick
November 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) Zack Randolph scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds, Mark Gasol had 18 points, eight boards and eight assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies eked out an 89-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night for their first road victory of the season.
Reserve shooting guard Jodie Meeks had 25 points for the Lakers (4-7), who have lost four of their last five games without their injured starting backcourt of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. They are off to their worst start through 11 games since 2002-03, when they began 3-8 following their third straight championship.
Lakers center Pau Gasol had 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds playing against his younger brother.
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Grizzlies vs. LakersZach Randolph had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 89-86 win over the Lakers.
Postgame: Pau Gasol(11/15/13)
Postgame: Jodie Meeks(11/15/13)
Postgame: Mike D'Antoni(11/15/13)
Gasol gets alley-oopXavier Henry finds Pau Gasol for the alley-oop in transition.
Shootaround Preview: GrizzliesAssistant Coach Johnny Davis breaks down tonight's match up vs the Grizzlies.
Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni:(On summarize down the stretch)
“Well Nick tried to miss that. We didn’t have any time outs left, couldn’t get the ball in one time so it was 6 seconds still down 2 we had to foul and we didn’t think we had enough force to get up there. He tried and it didn’t work obviously. I thought we played as hard as we can play, I thought the defense was good and the guys hustled. We just didn’t make the plays to win the game like a corner three or someone came up behind you in the fast break. We didn’t make our foul shots and they made all of them. Just little things that separate the two teams and Zach went off and made some difficult shots. I thought Jordan did a great job on him but Zach is Zach [Zach Randolph].”(On if concern with bigs (Zach [Zach Randolph], Mozgov [Timofey Mozgov], Anthony Davis)
“We have to score more points. We have to make bigger plays but I felt that it was better tonight that we showed up at the rim more. You put everything together it’s like we had some turn overs, some sloppy plays lead to fast breaks. They got about 3 uncontested lay ups when we were up 3 or 4 points that turned the game around. That’s what we have to cure the ball has got to keep moving, do a better job offensively. Zach is Zach and you can try to stop it you’re not going to do it. I’m concerned always about anybody going off but not Zach. I thought the other night Mozgov, that’s a lack of energy. I don’t think it’s a pattern I think it happens every once in a while.”(On issue not having a go-to guy)
“Well I think it’s an issue we don’t have Kobe. That’s an issue, but we have to find a way to score. We have to do it the other way in a sense not turning it over, don’t make crazy plays. We had a three wide open corner but they spread and got a layup and there is no way. You shoot the ball, somebodys got to be back at least 2 or 3 guys. Just little mental errors that we are doing that we don’t have that room for.”(On executing plays properly from third quarter plays to fourth quarter plays)
“Well a little bit, the teams tightening up. We can do a better job. Again we executed pretty good we just didn’t knock down shots sometimes. It’s just a combination of things I don’t think its one thing.”
Lakers guard Nick Young(On what happened down the stretch)
“They [Memphis] got some stops. Z-Bo [Zach Randolph] was playing hard. It could have went either way. If we had made some shots, it would have been a different ball game. We fought hard to the end, that’s all we could do .”(On the Lakers cutting down Memphis’s first half lead)
“We just fought hard. We picked it up on the defensive end, got some stops, and got out in transition. Put the ball ahead, put the ball ahead, and get some buckets.”(On whether Memphis’s defensive effort or the Lakers missing chances was key late in the game)
“We just missed our chances. I know a couple shots we all want back. It was just one of those days. You just have to get out this funk, this three-game losing streak, and get going.” Lakers guard Steve Blake(On the Lakers making small mistakes in late-game situations)
“Hopefully the experience of being in those situations and failing a couple of times, we can grow from that. See the tape and understand that those are the things that make a huge impact on the game. We just have to figure it out.”(On the play call being for a 3-pointer with the Lakers down 3)
“We drew it up to where if they [Memphis] made a mistake, we’d get the try from three. I’m going to shoot it, and that’s what happened. If they had taken that away, then Pau would have just went to work on the block. There was a lot of options; it was a really good play that Coach [D’Antoni] drew up.”
Lakers Guard Jodie Meeks(On tonight’s game)
“It’s frustrating. Everyone wants to win. I feel like we had a chance to win, but we couldn’t for whatever reason. They [Memphis] made some tough shots and we didn’t win.”(On their season so far)
“Still confident. It’s still early. There are 71 more games left and it’s only November, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. We had a lot of time left. We’re not panicking.”
(On how the Lakers overcome their shortcomings)
“Just by playing. Kobe’s not out there to bail us out, but we have good players on this team [Memphis] and everyone is confident in one another. If someone has a good shot we say shoot it. I thought Seam Williams gave us a good pickup off the bench. So I think we have some good players and we’re not worried about it.”
Lakers Center Pau Gasol
(On tonight’s game)
“They were doing well, they have guys with length and steal the ball really good. We were just trying to bait them and get a good look out for my teammates. We got some good looks, we played hard, and we made some. We took it to the end”
(On how to proceed without Nash and Kobe)
“We are going with a hot hand a little bit. We know that could work, but also getting some kind of one two three plays. We know let’s go to them and then play from there so we can develop from that and build on them.”
(On their season thus far)
“We played a hard nose game the entire time and they took a close one. There isn’t much else that we can do different against any other team. We played as hard as we could and hopefully that will be enough to get a win against Detroit on our next home game.”
THE FACT: The Lakers fell to 4-7 with the loss to the Grizzlies, their worst record through the first 11 games since opening 3-8 in 2002-03.
THE LEAD: Memphis forward Zach Randolph took over in the fourth quarter Friday night, scoring 14 of his 28 points in the final 12 minutes as the Grizzlies escaped with an 89-86 victory against the Lakers at Staples Center.
THE STAT: Randolph scored 12 of the final 14 points for Memphis, which outscored the Lakers, 26-20, in the fourth quarter.
QUOTABLE: "Zach Randolph had a big night and was a go-to guy for us, but Marc [Gasol] made shots when we needed them." -- Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger.
TURNING POINT: The Lakers lost a three-point lead to start the fourth quarter but Jodie Meeks drew them back within one with his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 1:20 remaining. After a pair of missed 3-pointers on the other end by Tayshaun Prince, Lakers point guard Steve Blake had a good look at the basket but missed a 20-footer. Jordan Hill grabbed the offensive rebound but Randolph ripped the ball loose. Memphis recovered and called time out. Randolph took the inbound pass and made a nice drive and scoop shot to extend the lead to three with 16 seconds left and Blake missed another good look coming out of a timeout, this time a 3-pointer from in front of the Grizzlies bench with 12 seconds left. Randolph then clinched the win with two free throws on the other end.
HOT: Randolph finished 11-for-18 from the floor while producing his season-high point total. Tony Allen carried the Grizzlies early and finished 6-for-6 from the floor with 12 points. Marc Gasol also had a great all-around game, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to outplay his brother, Pau Gasol, who had 10 points, 13 rebounds and three assists for the Lakers. The hottest player for L.A. was Meeks, who scored a season-high 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range.
NOT: The darling of the season opener for the Lakers was Xavier Henry, who came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points in that surprising win against the Clippers. But it has been all downhill since then for Henry, who was originally drafted 12th overall by the Grizzlies in 2010. He missed both field-goal attempts and went scoreless in a season-low seven minutes against Memphis. He entered the game with 4:18 left in the first quarter, air-balled an 11-foot running hook and then threw a pass to a fan in the front row seats later in the quarter. He closed the quarter by missing a wide-open 20-footer and only played two minutes the rest of the game. Henry and the remaining L.A. reserves combined to shoot 0-for-9 from the floor in the first quarter.
GOOD MOVE: You got the feeling it was going to be a good night for Randolph when he was credited for a basket while just trying to grab a loose ball. With the Grizzlies leading, 16-11, midway through the opening quarter, Mike Conley missed a 3 for Memphis and Randolph battled Pau Gasol for the rebound. As both players swiped at the ball, it caromed up toward the rim and fell in for an 18-11 lead, the biggest lead of opening quarter for the Grizzlies.
QUOTABLE II: "We didn't make every shot, but we got stops when we needed them, and I think it got us going on the right foot." -- Conley.
BAD MOVE: The Lakers looked to be finished after Randolph made two free throws with eight seconds left to extend the lead to five. The Lakers called a 20-second timeout anyway and inbounded the ball to Nick Young beyond the 3-point line and in front of the Memphis bench. For some reason, Prince decided to challenge the shot and ended up fouling Young with six seconds left. Young made the first two free throws to cut the deficit to three and then intentionally missed the third in hopes of getting the rebound. Conley was able to secure the ball, however, and run out the clock, saving Prince from a major goof.
NOTABLE: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last April, received a standing ovation when came on the floor in his warm-ups during a break in play as the Lakers donated $150,000 to the Philippine Red Cross in the wake of the disastrous storm that hit earlier this week. ... For the first time in history, three sets of brothers went head-to-head in NBA games; the Gasols, Cody Zeller of the Bobcats and Tyler Zeller of the Cavaliers and Mason Plumlee of the Nets and Miles Plumlee of the Suns. ... Quincy Pondexter of the Grizzlies returned after missing a game with a broken nose and had six points and six rebounds while wearing a protective mask. ... The Lakers played before a sellout crowd one game after their sellout streak ended at 270 games.
UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Sunday vs. Detroit, Friday vs. Golden State, Sunday vs. Sacramento. For the Grizzlies, Sunday @ Sacramento, Monday @ L.A. Clippers, Wednesday @ Golden State.