Rapid Reaction: Grizzlies 108, Lakers 103
February, 26, 2014
By Dave McMenamin
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A night after getting their doors blown off in the second half by the Indiana Pacers, it looked as if the Los Angeles Lakers were in for a similar fate against the Memphis Grizzlies as they fell behind by 22 in the third quarter Wednesday.
While the result was the same, the Lakers fought to the end in this one, cutting the Grizzlies' lead to only seven in the third and again drawing as close as five with less than a minute remaining after Jordan Farmar stripped Mike Conley at center court and streaked in for a layup on the other end. Conley responded right back by making a floater to push the lead up to seven again. Farmar hit a 3-pointer to again bring the Lakers to within five, but Marc Gasol hit one of two free throws to again put it to six.
L.A. wasn't done there. Jodie Meeks hit a 3 -- L.A.'s seventh of the fourth quarter -- to bring the Lakers to within three but Courtney Lee finally put it away for good with two more free throws, accounting for Memphis' five-point win.
How it happened: Turnovers. The Lakers did a lot of things right in Memphis -- shooting 15-for-28 on 3-pointers (53.6 percent), assisting on close to two-thirds of their baskets (24 of 38) and getting everybody involved (six guys scored in double digits) -- but they had 15 turnovers leading to 20 points for the Grizzlies and that did them in.
What it means: That's 26 losses in the Lakers' past 32 games. Extrapolated over a full season, the Lakers would be on pace for a 15-67 campaign. As it stands now with the Lakers, at 19-39 with 24 games left to play, their win total won't end up eclipsing that 15-game deficit by much.
Hits: Meeks led L.A. with 19 points.
Farmar and MarShon Brooks were an effective guard tandem off the bench, combining for 30 points.
Pau Gasol had another double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Wesley Johnson outscored his defensive assignment, center Marc Gasol, 18-14.
Kent Bazemore scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. It was his fourth straight game in double-digit scoring for the Lakers.
Misses: Kendall Marshall was 0-for-6 from the field, though he had eight assists.
Stat of the game: 56-34. That was the Grizzlies' lead over the Lakers in points in the paint.
Up next: The Lakers get the day off Thursday before hosting the Sacramento Kings on Friday in a battle between Western Conference cellar dwellers.