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Box Score Memphis Grizzlies 23 25 31 25 104
Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 18 21 23 23 85


Rudy Gay gets 27, Grizzlies rout Lakers 104-85

By GREG BEACHAM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Rudy Gay scored 27 points, Zach Randolph added 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies roared away in the second half for a 104-85 victory over the lifeless Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

O.J. Mayo scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who bounced back from two losses to wrap up their three-game road trip with a stunningly easy blowout of the two-time defending champions.

The Grizzlies made a 19-4 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead, and Los Angeles never threatened to get back in it despite a 21-point second half by Kobe Bryant.

Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, who have lost three of their last four home games - all three by at least 16 points - and four of six overall.

Los Angeles still leads the woeful Pacific Division by eight games, but the Lakers have looked decidedly average for most of the past two weeks. The Lakers made 20 turnovers and trailed by 26 points in the fourth quarter, eliciting loud boos from the Staples Center crowd.

Gay was outstanding despite nearly sitting out with a stomach virus, hitting two 3-pointers and punctuating his night with a steal and a dramatic dunk with 6:40 to play. Randolph went 9 for 17 in the low post to win his matchup with Pau Gasol, who had 10 points and eight rebounds.

With an ease that had the Grizzlies' bench standing in celebration for much of the second half, Memphis snapped a four-game road losing streak against the Lakers with its second win over Los Angeles in less than five weeks.

Andrew Bynum had nine points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Lakers, who couldn't stop the athletic Grizzlies in transition. Memphis scored 28 fast-break points and repeatedly beat Los Angeles down the court.

Los Angeles appeared exhausted at times during its fourth game in six days, and it's a problem that's only going to get worse. The Lakers are early in a stretch of 15 games in 25 days, and they won't get consecutive days off again until Jan. 22-23.

Memphis took a nine-point lead at halftime and then took control with a 19-4 run late in the third quarter after Bryant shot the Lakers back into it with 17 third-period points. The Grizzlies' transition game generated numerous layups, while Gay and Mike Conley hit a slew of difficult jumpers.

Bryant was visibly frustrated, slapping the back of a seat in anger when he came out of the game in the third. The Staples Center crowd agreed, booing the Lakers repeatedly in the second half.

Gay scored 10 points in the first quarter for the Grizzlies, pushing them to a first-quarter lead. Randolph scored 15 first-half points on 7-for-10 shooting, and Memphis closed the first half with a 10-2 run to take a 48-39 lead.

NOTES: Joe Smith made his Lakers debut in the final 4:36. The former No. 1 pick had sat out all seven games since the Lakers acquired him from New Jersey in a trade for Sasha Vujacic on Dec. 15. ... The teams wrap up their season series Feb. 7 in Memphis. ... Fans near courtside included Tom Petty, George Lopez, pro surfer Kelly Slater and producer Joel Silver.


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1 Offensive boards in the first half for the Lakers. They managed five in the second half, but six was still just half of their usual 12.21.

5 Blocks for Andrew Bynum, who was L.A.'s lone bright spot in the contest. He added nine points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes and continues to look a bit better physically every game. Nov. 29, 2009 was the last time 'Drew registered five blocks in a regular season game.

7 More rebounds claimed by the Grizzlies, who controlled the glass throughout the contest.

14 More paint points for Memphis (50-36).

17 Points in the third quarter for Kobe Bryant, who'd finish with a team-high 28 on the night. That didn't seem to help L.A.'s D, however, as the home team conceded 31 points in the quarter to allow Memphis a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

20 Turnovers for the Lakers, a big problem throughout the contest. Memphis took exactly twice as good care of the ball (10 TO's).

27 Points for Rudy Gay, who continued his terrific year by leading the Grizz to their second win over the Lakers in three games.

46.5 L.A.'s shooting percentage, which wasn't the problem, as the lack of offensive rebounds and high volume of turnovers didn't create enough shots.




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Points Bryant 28 10-22 FG
Rebounds Bynum 3 OFF 8 DEF 11
Assists Brown 3
Steals Bryant 2
Blocks Bynum 5

POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the Lakers' performance tonight:
"That was a poor performance, offensively and defensively I thought. [The Grizzlies] created turnovers and offensive rebounds, and they were able to run out on the turnovers and score. We got mismatched in situations, they shot three-pointers; in just about every category, we got outplayed tonight."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if the Lakers lack motivation and energy:
"They were outworked tonight. Memphis played harder than they did. Memphis got the loose balls and those are usually the keys to what's happening out there for them."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if he's concerned with the Lakers recent struggles:
"The big thing about it is we lost some games at home that are laughers for opponents coming in on our home court and that's a concern, so much so that I substituted in guys off the bench at the end of the game because we don't even have a chance to come back and win. So that's a concern right there, that we're taken out of ball games before the games are over."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how the Lakers can turn things around:
"It's a matter of focus. The game got to a point where we didn't use our strengths, which is our inside players…When we started off the game, Pau [Gasol] got six out of our first eight points and he didn't score again in the half. He ended up with ten, he got four more points in the second half. He's too good of a player for a game like that."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if he sees lack of urgency as a problem:
"I wouldn't use that term lack of urgency. I would just say they came out tonight and got outworked by a team that played last night, lost in Utah, had to fly back in here for a ballgame, and I think we took for granted the fact that we've been beaten in Memphis and everybody is going to come out here and play better. But no one took responsibility on themselves to play better."






Lakers' Lamar Odom on what went wrong in tonight's game:
"When you lose you could think of a million things going wrong. That's why it's important, even when you win, to try to fix things, you know, point things out. You're not playing to potential, or good basketball as a team. And that's important, you can't look at a game you lose and be like a oh, what happened? A million things happened. So, we've got to look at even the games we win and try to get better."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on tonight's loss at home:
"It doesn't matter if you're at home or away, we can lose ball games. Step up defensively, you know, somebody's gonna turn it over, or force it. When you get down twenty, it's tough."






Lakers' Ron Artest on being disappointed by tonight's loss:
"I always look forward to better days. It's hard for me to get disappointed, I just move on. Just keep working hard, keep trying to win the next game. Get better the next day."

Lakers' Ron Artest on losing and being back to back champions:
"I don't care if you're back to back [champions] or just a regular team, or whatever the scenario is, you always want to come out there and play hard, and give it 100%. It's not about being back to back, it's more about just playing the game. It's unfortunate, but you know, get out there and go hard next time."






Lakers' Matt Barnes on tonight's loss:
"A loss is a loss, but these blow outs at home are…I'm really at a loss for words, to tell you the truth. It's a horrible loss and it's something that shouldn't happen"

Lakers' Matt Barnes on why they've been losing:
"I'd probably say it's a combination of things. It's not just one thing, if it was just one thing it'd be an easy fix. But it's a combination at both ends of the court."




Lakers' Pau Gasol on the Lakers' recent stretch of games:
"We lost four out of the last six games by 20 points. It's something that my head is not processing right now."

Lakers' Pau Gasol on the teams' game plan:
"Coaches are giving us a game plan and we're not executing it very well.

Lakers' Pau Gasol on playing together:
We've got to count on each other. This is a team and we've got to get each other going. We've got to be there for our teammates – next to each other – and that's how you overcome tough times.




Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the lack of focus on the team:
I think everyone knows how good we can be but right now our focus isn't there. We're not putting each other in positions to be successful with the basketball. We're doing a lot of individual things that are causing turnovers."




Lakers' Kobe Bryant on team execution:
"We didn't execute well. Defensively we were poor. We've just got to come out focused, ready to play."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on how to correct the Lakers' recent play:
"It starts individually. You just have to look at yourself and find things to get you going."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the teams future success this season:
"We're going to be fine, I think. It's about how do you address these issues and try to put a stop to it and not just, kind of, sweep it under the rug. I think it's important to focus on it and try to get this thing correct as opposed to just playing it out and just seeing what happens.




Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins on the game tonight:
"Well it was a good team effort. We came out and we got on them early, we attacked them in the pick and roll, instead of trying to go inside early. We were able to get a lead on them and we just held it throughout most of the game. They had their run a couple of times, but we called a couple of time-outs, slowed them down, got back to what we were doing. Having Rudy Gay back really helped. I thought Tony Allen and Rudy [Gay] just taking turns on Kobe [Bryant], keeping somebody fresh on him. Kobe [Bryant] came out in the second half and he tried to bring them all the way back; we kept scoring on them, which took away some of his scoring, we just executed well. Thirty assists, we only had nine turnovers, we forced them into twenty turnovers, we had twenty-eight fast break points. We played the game as well as you can play it against such a quality opponent."

Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins on the Grizzlies successes against the Lakers in Staples Center:
"I can't speak on that. We are just trying to get wins every night. Fortunately for us in this building it has been against the Lakers. We just want to win. We are under 500, we had two tough losses, a heart breaking loss in Sacramento, then a tough loss last night. We were under man, and then we came out tonight after a tough game on a back to back and a early game after a late game last night and we were able to…come back and get a win."

Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins on how a team like the Grizzlies make a back to back champion team look average:
"You make shots, you execute, you play defense and…some things didn't go their way…it doesn't matter that the Lakers have ten or eleven losses at this stage in the season. It doesn't matter if they pound everybody into submission at this time of the season. They [Lakers] will be there when the season is over competing for a championship."






Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay on the win tonight:
"Whenever you play good basketball, things like this happen. With all due respect to them, they're a great team, but I felt that we came out here and played great basketball."

Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay on his team's transition game:
"We were moving the ball around for the most part. Long shots, long rebounds, and…the fast break points, we converted them."

Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay on playing the Lakers:
"I think they know that when you [the Lakers] win there's a bulls-eye on your back, but you know it's a game, like any other game. We needed this game, needed this win and we know we're going to go out there and play hard."


Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo on his team's mentality coming in to play the Lakers:
"Just make them work on both ends of the floor. Kobe's going to get his touches, [they run] the Triangle Offense, [and] everyone pretty much knows what's going to happen. You just got to fight through the screens, fight the cuts and contest all the shots. We played a good team game tonight on both ends of the floor."

Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo on his team's play:
"I definitely knew that we were going to come out and play hard. For one, they are the defending world champs. For two, I think we were pretty upset over the last two games that we played that we thought were winnable. And we wanted to get one win on this road trip."


Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph on tonight being a team win:
"It was a team win tonight. Everybody played good, we move the ball around…guys came in and contributed. So tonight was really a team win."

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph on if this win is one to build off of:
"Got to, man. This is definitely something that we've got to build on. We've got all our players back, Rudy's back healthy…and tonight was a team win. Everybody chipped in. O.J. played great, Rudy came back and had a great game, so this is something that we've got to build on."








LAKERS VS. GRIZZLIES GAME PREVIEW

By JEFF BARTL

In the last meeting between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Grizzlies took advantage of a slumping Los Angeles team and earned a close victory, handing the Lakers their third loss in a season-high four-game skid.

A lot has changed since then.

The teams meet for the third time this season Sunday in Los Angeles, with the Lakers appearing back on track and the Grizzlies possibly without their leading scorer.

Los Angeles (23-10) won its second straight Friday, beating Philadelphia 102-98 in a game it never trailed. Kobe Bryant scored 33 points - his first 30-point game since Dec. 15 - and Pau Gasol added 20.

Lamar Odom had his second straight productive night off the bench after starting his first 31 games, scoring 18 points.

Despite a late rally by the 76ers, the Lakers held on to regain some momentum heading into 2011 following a three-game losing streak Dec. 21-28 in which they were held to 82 points or less in each contest.

"Obviously, there's games that we're going to close out better," Gasol said. "But if you finish out the year with a win, you should be satisfied."

The Lakers were anything but satisfied after their 98-96 loss to the Grizzlies on Nov. 30. Rudy Gay blocked Ron Artest's last-second shot to preserve the victory.

Gasol, who spent his first six-plus seasons with Memphis before being traded to Los Angeles midway through the 2007-08 season, was just 5 of 13 from the field in that game. He has averaged 16.5 points against his former team - less than his career average of 18.8.

Gay, however, may miss Sunday's contest depending on his health. Gay leads Memphis (14-19) averaging 20.7 points, but he sat out Saturday's 98-92 loss at Utah with a stomach virus.

Zach Randolph attempted to pick up the lost production and scored 27 points with 16 rebounds to record his 20th double-double of the season.

Memphis' bench, though, was outscored 32-6 as the Grizzlies lost their second straight and fifth in seven games after a season-high four-game winning streak.

"We didn't make enough plays. We were getting stops and then we were turning the ball over," coach Lionel Hollins told the team's official website. "Then when we started scoring, we couldn't get stops. They made some big plays. We just didn't get it done."

O.J. Mayo, making his first start in five games, scored 18 points after averaging 14.0 off the bench in the previous four, but was just 6 of 18 from the field.

Mike Conley scored a season-high 28 points in the last meeting with the Lakers, but he's averaged 12.3 and topped 20 just once since.

Bryant has seemed to enjoy facing the Grizzlies throughout his career. He has scored 40-plus points seven times, scoring more than 50 twice and hitting for 60 on March 22, 2007.

The Lakers have won seven of the last nine meetings, including a 124-105 home victory Nov. 2. They've beaten Memphis in four straight and six of eight at Staples Center.


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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

DeMarre Carroll has been assigned to the D-League's Dakota Wizards.
Xavier Henry (sore right knee) is day-to-day.


11/02 - MEM @ LAL W 124-105
11/30 - LAL @ MEM L 96-98
01/02 - MEM @ LAL
02/07 - LAL @ MEM


Memphis still wants to play in transition as much as possible. As a general rule, Gay, Randolph, Gasol, & Mayo account for the vast majority of their field goal attempts and points but it was point guard Mike Conley who led the way to the Grizzlies victory in Memphis on November 30th. Conley fuels everything they do with his speed into their break. We must remember that this team excels at forcing turnovers and converting those turnovers into easy points. If we can take away their easy points we put ourselves in a much better position to win the game. The Grizz lead the league in steals, forced turnovers, points off turnovers and points in the paint. We simply need to protect the ball. Memphis is 13-4 when holding their opponents below 100 and 1-13 when they don't. A unique fact is that the Grizz feature three left handed players in their starting lineup (Conley, Henry, Randolph).

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers have split the first two games of their season series with Memphis 1-1 with two games to play after taking last season's series from the Grizzlies 2-1. This will be the 59th meeting between the two franchises and the 36th since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis. The Lakers lead the all-time series 43-15 but are just 21-14 versus the Grizzlies since the team moved to Memphis. In their last 10 meetings with Memphis, the Lakers are 7-3 overall. The Lakers have won their last four straight at home against the Grizzlies, are 6-4 in their last 10 home games against Memphis and are 16-5 all-time at STAPLES Center against the Grizzlies. In Memphis, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games but have won five of their last seven at FedExForum. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 29-11 against the Grizzlies. In their first meeting of the 2010-11 season, the Lakers scored an all-time series high 124 points in a 124-105 victory on 11/2/10. 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 @ MEM). Individually, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.8 points for his career against the Grizzlies (52 games, 45 starts). In 2007-08, Bryant scored an NBA season-high 53 points 3/28/08 at STAPLES Center. Four seasons ago on 3/22/07 in Memphis, Bryant scored a series-high 60 points, becoming only the 3rd player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in three consecutive games. Additionally, the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol from Memphis in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and the draft rights to his brother, Marc Gasol, on February 1, 2008. On December 22, 2008, the brothers Gasol faced off in the NBA for the first time, with Pau (15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks) bettering his brother Marc's line (8 points,7 rebounds). In eight games against his former team, Pau is averaging 16.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Both brothers played for Spain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 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.

BRYANT APPROACHES TOP 10 ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 33 points 12/31 vs. Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant moved to within 42 points of Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, with 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Bryant passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (25.3 ppg), Bryant (26,626) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant and Wilkins are Oscar Robertson (9th/26,710), Hakeem Olajuwon (8th/26,946), Elvin Hayes (7th/27,313) and Moses Malone (6th/27,409).

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years and last season alone, passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West's retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195), Gary Payton (21,813) and Larry Bird (21,791).

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 102-98 victory vs. Philadelphia on December 31st, the Lakers recorded their SIXTH wire-to-wire win of the season. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victories came against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS, 11/21 vs. GS), Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM), Wizards (12/7 vs. WAS) and Pacers (12/15 @ IND). Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire- to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire-to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

CLEANING THE GLASS
In the first half of their 103-88 victory December 29th at New Orleans, the Lakers shot a season-high .676 from the field while limiting the Hornets to just seven rebounds in the first 24 minutes. The Hornets seven rebounds (4 offensive, 3 defensive) equal the fewest ever for a Lakers opponent in a half, matching the Mavericks total of seven in a half 2/4/86 vs. Dallas.

SHOOTER'S TOUCH
In their victory at New Orleans on December 29th, the Lakers posted season-highs for field goal percentage in a quarter (1st quarter/.750), half (1st half/.676) and game (.586) after connecting on only 37.9 percent of their shots in the previous two games combined. Additionally, it was the first time this season that each of the Lakers starters (Artest, Gasol, Bynum, Bryant, Fisher) shot 50 percent or better from the field in the same game.*

RARE HOME STRUGGLES
On Christmas Day, the Lakers lost by 16 points to Miami. In their previous game on December 21st, they lost by 19 points to Milwaukee. With both losses coming at home, it's only the 3rd time in franchise history that the Lakers have lost back-to-back home games by at least 16 points. The team was in Minneapolis the previous two times this occurred, once in January 1959 and once in November/December 1959. In both cases, the Lakers played at least one road game in between losses.* With a 102-98 victory over Philadelphia on December 31, the Lakers saw their two-game home skid come to an end. The Lakers last lost three straight home games by any margin in March of 2008: 3/23 vs. GS (111-115), 3/26 vs. CHA (95-108), 3/28 vs. MEM (111-114). The last time the Lakers lost three straight home games, each by double-figures, came in January/February of 1993: 1/18 vs. HOU (90-110), 1/20 vs. SEA (101-111), 2/2 vs. ORL (97-110).

KOBE BRYANT LEADS ALL PLAYERS AFTER 2nd ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On December 30th, the NBA announced its SECOND returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (1,153,694) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Dwight Howard (988,572) and LeBron James (969,459). Pau Gasol (597,201), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, now ranks 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (735,521) and Carmelo Anthony (602,516). Andrew Bynum (376,283) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (637,527), while Chris Paul (585,690) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Kevin Garnett (712,555) lead the forward voting, Dwyane Wade (938,402) and Rajon Rondo (777,310) are the top two vote-getters at guard and Howard leads all East centers in balloting.
In each of the last three seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, Bryant received 2,456,224 votes, finishing second overall to Cleveland's LeBron James (2,549,693). In 2008-09, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and James (2,940,823). In 2007-08, Bryant garnered 2,004,940 votes to finish fourth in overall voting behind Kevin Garnett (2,399,148), James (2,108,831) and Howard (2,066,991). In 2006-07, when he earned his second All-Star MVP, Bryant finished third overall in balloting behind James and Yao Ming. A three-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix), Bryant is a 12-time All-Star and had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing last year's contest due to a sprained left ankle. Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, led all players in NBA All-Star balloting in 2003. Gasol has made three All-Star appearances (2006, 2009, 2010) and in 2009, became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team.

BRYANT NOW 3RD ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
Last season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (26,626): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). This season, Bryant has moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) for 3rd on this list (12/19 at Toronto) and John Havlicek (26,395) for 4th (12/10 at Chicago).

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game vs. Memphis, Derek Fisher has played in 446 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, the longest consecutive games streak among all active NBA players. Fisher moved into the top position after Portland's Andre Miller (632) missed the Blazers game against Phoenix (12/7/10) due to NBA suspension. Additionally, Fisher has started 324 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than a season's worth of games (2nd – Luis Scola). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

BUMP IN THE ROAD
With their loss December 28th at San Antonio, the Lakers saw their five game road win streak come to an end while extending a different, rather dubious streak. In falling to the Spurs 82-97, the Lakers lost three consecutive games by double-figures for the first time since March of 2007, when they lost five consecutive games by 10 or more points (3/6/07 – 3/15/07, 4 road losses, 1 home).





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