Lakers Fall In Memphis, Drop Third Straight Game

The Lakers are 5-3 on the road this season.

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Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96: Lakers Comeback Falls Short

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Mike Conley poured in 28 points and Rudy Gay finished with 14 points and six blocks as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the LA Lakers, 98-96, at FedExForum.

Zach Randolph added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have won four of five.

Kobe Bryant finished with a game-high 29 points, and Pau Gasol added 15 points and 14 boards for the Lakers, who have lost three straight for the first time since March of last season.

Ron Artest scored 12 and Lamar Odom supplied eight points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Entering the fourth up 70-65 the Grizzlies quickly expanded their lead to double digits with an 8-0 run to open the quarter. LA's Steve Blake responded with two three-pointers to cut the deficit to seven and the Memphis advantage would fluctuate around that mark until the final minutes.

Gay's mid-range jumper put the score at 89-80 with 4 1/2 left, but the Lakers' Shannon Brown hit a triple and a short jumper to keep the game manageable.

Conley connected on a three with 1:41 left to put Memphis up 91-89, and after a jump ball, Artest made a three in the corner to cut the lead to four inside the final minute.

After Marc Gasol missed a short hook shot, Bryant's layup made it a one- possession game. After a timeout with 28.2 seconds left Conley's bad pass was stolen by Pau Gasol and as Artest attempted a potential game-winning three- pointer at the buzzer, Gay came up with a huge block to seal the win.

After a back-and-forth first quarter the game was knotted at 27 heading into the second. Bryant led the Lakers with 11 points in the opening 12 minutes.

An Artest three-pointer just above the six-minute mark gave the Lakers a six- point lead, 43-37, but after trading baskets the Grizzlies were able to knot the score at 45 before they took the lead with a Marc Gasol layup and three- point conversion just over the three-minute mark.

Memphis led 51-49 at the break.

Xavier Henry's jumper at 7:35 put the Grizzlies up 11, and Memphis capitalized on five Lakers turnovers in the third quarter to hold their advantage at five, 70-65, heading into the final stanza.

The last time the Lakers dropped three straight was March 4-7 of last season (Miami, Charlotte, Orlando)...This is only the second time since Pau Gasol was acquired in 2008 that LA has lost three in a row...The Lakers won the first meeting on November 2...Blake and Brown both added nine points for the Lakers...Henry finished with 12 points and O.J. Mayo added 11 points in a reserve role for the victors.


Lakers Face Grizzlies In Memphis Looking To Get Back On Track

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers hope to snap a rare losing streak tonight when they invade Beale Street to take on the Memphis Grizzlies. The two-time defending NBA champions dropped their second game in a row on Sunday when Roy Hibbert proved to be a strong presence in the middle with 24 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to their first-ever win, 95-92, at Staples Center against the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 41 points, but missed a pair of potential game- tying three-point attempts in the final moments for the Lakers, who have lost the two straight after a five-game win streak.

Pau Gasol added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 boards in defeat.

"We played a lethargic game," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "They out- hustled us and got the win. Our offense was a little stagnant. We couldn't get the ball into Pau. Our guys just didn't move the ball. You just have to give their defense credit."

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, lost for the first time in four games on Saturday in Cleveland when Mo Williams scored 25 points, dished out 12 assists and pulled down five rebounds, as the Cavaliers overcame a slow start to defeat Memphis, 92-86.

Rudy Gay ended with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo each donated 13 points while Randolph also pulled down 11 boards in defeat.

"They ran and jumped us. They were all over the place," Gay said. "We were turning the ball over, running into each other, running into them. When they put pressure on us, we can't fold like we did today."

The Lakers, who haven't lost three in a row all season and are 5-2 on the road, have taken seven of their last eight games over the Grizzlies.

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