Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol
Robert Sacre, Pau Gasol
|W. Johnson||SF||T. Prince|
|J. Hill||PF||Z. Randolph|
|Pau Gasol||C||K. Koufos|
|J. Meeks||SG||T. Allen|
|K. Bryant||PG||M. Conley|
Steve BLake: Elbow Out
S. Nash: Back Out
Jordan Farmar: Hamstring Out
M. Conley: Thigh Questionablep>M. Gasol: Knee Out
Q. Pondexter: Foot Out
Bryant Scores 21 as Lakers Beat Grizzlies 96-92
By Teresa M. Walker
December 17, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in his sixth game of the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers closed out a four-game road trip with a 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Pau Gasol added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who were coming off a 114-100 loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Nick Young had 18 points, and Jodie Meeks finished with 13.
Zach Randolph had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for Memphis. The Grizzlies played without Mike Conley, who sat out after bruising his left thigh in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. The Grizzlies led 69-67 in the fourth quarter before the Lakers went on a 17-4 run.
Bryant played 32 minutes, matching his most action since returning from his torn left Achilles' tendon. He was 9 for 18 from the field, both season highs, despite running the offense most of the night.
Randolph gave Memphis its last lead with the first bucket in the fourth quarter. The Lakers responded with their big run, and Young's 3 made it 84-73 with 7:30 left.
The Grizzlies came back with eight straight, six by Jerryd Bayless. But the rally fizzled from there, and Bryant hit a 3-pointer from 28 feet with 2:39 left to put the Lakers up 91-85.
Bryant, who was 4 of 14 for eight points in the loss in Atlanta, was active right from the start in Memphis. He missed his first two shots and had two quick turnovers. But he hit four of his first eight shots before going to the locker room apparently to help keep warm rather than just chilling on the bench.
Playing for the second straight night, the Lakers still made 11 of their first 16 shots in building a 15-point lead that Memphis managed to whittle down to 34-24 after the first quarter. The Grizzlies used a 12-2 run in the second quarter to close to 43-41, and Bryant and Gasol returned to the floor to push that lead back to 52-47 at halftime.
Bryant went down on the court and was slow to get up with 3:25 left in the third. He went down with Tony Allen guarding him closely, and Bryant spent a couple minutes during a timeout bent over at the waist flexing his left leg before gingerly walking to the bench with trainer Gary Vitti. Bryant returned to the floor after the timeout.
The Grizzlies outscored the Lakers 20-15 in the third to tie it at 67, But they were unable to keep pace with the Lakers in the fourth.
Allen had 16 points and seven rebounds. Bayless and Jon Leuer added 13 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who shot 41 percent from the floor, compared to 49 percent for Los Angeles.
NOTES: The 21 points for Bryant matched his season high at Charlotte on Dec. 14. ... Memphis lost its 10th at home, more than the Grizzlies lost all last season (nine). ... Randolph had his 14th double-double. ... Young had his 11th straight game in double figures. ... Tayshaun Prince, who had hit just 10 of his last 39 shots over the past six games for Memphis, played only nine minutes, missed his only shot and didn't play in the second half. ... Leuer has scored in double figures in five straight games.
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All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers trail the 2013-14 season series with the Grizzlies 0-1 … This will be the 68th meeting between the two franchises and the 45th since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis... In that time, the Lakers have now lost just three season series to the Grizzlies (2004-05, 2005-06, 2012-13)… The Lakers lead the all-time series 47-20 but are just 25-19 versus the Grizzlies since the team moved to Memphis... In their last 10 meetings with Memphis, the Lakers are 5-5 overall. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 home games against Memphis and 17-8 all-time at STAPLES Center against the Grizzlies... In Memphis, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games at FedExForum… In their first meeting of the 2010-11 season, the Lakers scored a series-high 124 points in a 124-105 victory 11/2/10… On 3/13/12 in Memphis, the Lakers came back from a 17-point second half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies in double-overtime... In their last meeting of the 2008-09 season (4/12/09), the Lakers held Memphis to a series low 75 points, surpassing the old record of 79 points (2/14/05 at MEM)… In 2007-08, Kobe Bryant scored an NBA season-high 53 points 3/28/08 vs. Memphis... In Memphis 3/22/07, Bryant scored a series-high 60 points, becoming only the 3rd player in NBA history to score 50+ points in three consecutive games.
Connections:The Lakers acquired F/C Pau Gasol from Memphis in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and the draft rights to his brother, Grizzlies C Marc Gasol, on February 1, 2008... Both brothers played for Spain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, claiming a silver medal after losing in both gold medal games to the United States... Pau remains the franchise leader in a number of statistical categories, including points (8,966), rebounds (4,096) and blocks (877), in six-plus years with Memphis… Gasol was teammates with Grizzlies G/F Mike Miller from 2002 to when he was traded midway through 2008, in Miller’s first stint in Memphis… Miller and Lakers G Nick Young both played for the Washington Wizards during the 2009-2010 season… Lakers G Xavier Henry was drafted by the Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and played there during his rookie season (2010-11)... Lakers assistant Johnny Davis was a Memphis assistant from 2007 to 2011, and was the interim head coach for two games in January 2009... Davis also coached Grizzlies forward Ed Davis when both were on the Toronto Raptors, Davis in an assistant role… Lakers F Jordan Hill and Grizzlies G Jerryd Bayless were teammates for one season at the University of Arizona (2007-08)… Bayless also played with Lakers G Steve Blake in Portland from 2008-2010... Lakers F Wesley Johnson and Grizzlies C Kosta Koufos both played for the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2010-2011 season where they were both coached by current Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, who was the Timberwolves head coach at the time… Grizzlies F Tayshaun Prince is a Los Angeles native.