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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Morant scores season-high 41 points in Grizzlies’ win over Lakers

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies outscored the Lakers 26-16 in the fourth quarter… Memphis held Los Angeles to 35.0% shooting and 20% from 3-point range after the Lakers shot 48.5% from the field and 41.9% from long range in the first three quarters.

Key Run of the Night

  • Memphis scored 13 straight points bridging the third and fourth quarters to tie the score at 83 with 10:45 remaining in the game… The 13-0 run was the start of a 29-9 burst that gave the Grizzlies their first lead since the score was 2-0.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies continued rolling in December with a 104-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, their second win over the Lakers this month. Memphis improved to 11-4 in December and won for the 13th time in their last 17 games.

Ja Morant posted a season-high 41 points and 10 rebounds, knocking down a career-high six of his seven 3-point attempts. It marked Morant’s second 40-point double-double in as many games against the Lakers this season after he tallied 40 points and 10 assists on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.

Desmond Bane scored 20 points while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 15 points and a season-high tying three steals.

LeBron James recorded 37 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, tying a career high with eight 3s. Russell Westbrook notched his eighth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

Memphis scored 13 straight points to bridge the third and fourth quarters to start what became a 29-9 burst that gave the Grizzlies their first lead since the score was 2-0. Memphis scored the final eight points of the third period, punctuated by a running 3-pointer from Morant. The Grizzlies outscored the Lakers 26-16 in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers had threatened to pull away, as James scored 14 points in the third period to help Los Angeles stretch its lead to 80-66.

Los Angeles surrendered its league-leading ninth double-digit lead of the season while Memphis recorded its eighth double-digit comeback win. The Lakers suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games.

Next Game

The Grizzlies host the San Antonio Spurs on New Year’s Eve at FedExForum at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can watch at Bally Sports Southeast and listen at ESPN 92.9 FM.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • The Grizzlies have won 13 of their last 17 games… Memphis improved to 11-4 in the month of December, tying the franchise record (originally set in 2016) for wins in the month of December.
  • Memphis came from 14 points down (80-66) with 4:33 left in the third quarter to earn its eighth double-digit comeback win of the season… The Lakers surrendered their league-leading ninth double-digit lead of the season in the loss.
  • The Grizzlies have won consecutive games over the Lakers for the first time since the 2018-19 season… Memphis earned multiple home wins over the Lakers (including a Dec. 9 victory) in the same season for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Memphis, the league leader in steals per game (10.4), recorded 13 steals tonight, the 15th time in the last 16 games the Grizzlies posted double-digit steals.
  • The Grizzlies held a 29-8 advantage in free throw attempts.
  • The Lakers have dropped six of their last seven games.

Player Notables

  • Ja Morant totaled a season-high 41 points (13-27 FG, 6-7 3P, 9-12 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
    • This marks Morant’s third career 40-point performance in the regular season, which is a franchise record.
    • Morant became the first player in franchise history to record multiple 40-point games in the same regular season.
    • Morant posted the first game with 40+ points and 10+ rebounds in franchise history tonight after logging the first 40-point, 10-assist game in club history in his previous game against the Lakers on the road on Oct. 24.
  • Desmond Bane registered 20 points, his 14th 20-point game of the season.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 points and a season-high tying three steals.
  • LeBron James notched 37 points (13-25 FG, 8-14 3P), 13 rebounds and seven assists, tying his career high for 3-pointers made.
  • Russell Westbrooklogged his eighth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

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