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The Los Angeles Lakers have come close to winning all 3 games they have faced the Memphis Grizzlies this season, but as in Friday night’s match-up they fall just short. Grizzlies edge the Lakers 109-106 behind a big 3rd quarter where they outscored the Lakers by 8 points.
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The Lakers had a chance to tie the game with 2 seconds remaining in regulation, behind 2 points, 107-105, and Ed Davis going to the line for 2 free throws; however, Davis makes only 1 of 2 free throws forcing the Lakers to foul.
The Grizzlies left the door open with Courtney Lee missing one of his 2 free throws, giving the Lakers a chance to take the game to overtime with a 3-point shot, but with a high degree of difficulty being that there was only 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Bryant received the inbound pass and actually got a good shot up before time expired but the shot was off the rim.
Bryant has looked rejuvenated since taking 3 games off to rest his tired body. Bryant has also stuck to his current approach to the game as a low volume shooter/facilitator of the offense in the 3 games since his return. Bryant is averaging 16 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists in the last 3 games, all of which leads the team during that span. T
The best indicator of Bryant getting more under his legs since his return is in his efficiency from the field where is he shooting 45.7 percent and 50 percent from behind the arc.
The Grizzlies were led in scoring by point guard Mike Conley who finished with 19 points and 9 assists. MVP candidate Marc Gasol had a strong all-around performance, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.
The Grizzlies received a strong performance off the bench from Beno Udrih who scored 16 point in just 19 minutes of play.
Ed Davis scored his season high with 20 points; he also pulled down 8 rebounds and had 2 blocks. Jeremy Lin missed his season high by 1 point, finishing with 20 points as well to share the game high in scoring with Davis.
The Lakers are now 0-3 against the Grizzlies but all games have been close; all 3 games have been decided by no more than 6 points and the Grizzlies have won by a mere average margin of victory of 4.7 points.
While the Lakers team has played well in the last 3 games, especially offensively where they are shooting 52.5 percent from the field and making 10.7 threes at a incredibly efficient 50 percent, it has not resulted in wins, having lost 2 of the last 3.
The Lakers record is now 10-23 and remain in the 14th spot in the Western Conference.
The Indiana Pacers come to Staples Center on Sunday to take on the Lakers in their next game.