Gasol's double-double powers Grizzlies past Lakers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Phil Jackson wasn't surprised by Kobe Bryant's second off night in a row.

"We were relying on Kobe and Kobe couldn't shoot the ball because of a hand injury. He was just reluctant to shoot," Jackson said after the Los Angeles Lakers' 85-73 loss Monday night to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Bryant had 18 points, just one more than he scored in the Lakers' loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He went into the game against the 76ers averaging more than 30 points.

Jackson, who did not go into detail about the injury, said Bryant hurt his right hand making a dunk during the Lakers' victory over Atlanta on Nov. 8.

Against Memphis, the Lakers barely topped their scoring low of 70 points, set at Cleveland in 2002.

Bryant said he hit his right index finger on the goal at Atlanta and "it's been sore ever since."

But he put most of the Lakers' troubles on struggling to learn a new offense.

"I thought we'd have ups and downs," Bryant said. "We've got a new system and it takes time to learn it. It's a roller coaster ride, man."

Lamar Odom's assessment was a bit stronger.

"We're doing everything to lose a basketball game right now," Odom said. "We're not sharing the ball and we're not trusting each other defensively or offensively."

Jackson said the Lakers "got locked into trying to do things we can't do."

"We had 19 turnovers and we can't do that," he said. "We tried to push the ball too fast and tried to move the ball on offensive too fast."

Pau Gasol led Memphis with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Eddie Jones added 16 points and Mike Miller had 13 before being helped to the locker room with just under two minutes left after banging his right knee scrambling for the ball.

Shane Battier had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, and Lorenzen Wright had 12 rebounds.

Chris Mihm had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

The victory was the fourth straight over Los Angeles for the Grizzlies, who swept a three-game series last season.

Jones said the victory was largely due to the Grizzlies' tough defense.

"Guys were rotating to the right spots and we really did a great job defending the triangle offense that the Lakers like to run," Jones said.

Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said the Lakers seemed a bit worn.

"We caught L.A. on the end of a trip, and it's easy to catch a team with their energy level down," Fratello said.

Helped by a 3-pointer from Bobby Jackson and a running layup in tight company by Jones, Memphis launched its first offensive burst of the night with a 10-2 run early in the second period to take a 34-27 lead.

The Grizzlies held a 42-33 advantage at intermission and kept up the pressure in the third period with a 10-0 run that Battier started with a 3-pointer. Miller hit four straight free throws in the run.

The Grizzlies outrebounded the Lakers 17-5 in the third period and began the fourth quarter with a 73-47 advantage.

Game notes
The Grizzlies, ranked next to last in the NBA in free throws, hit 76 percent (19-of-25) from the line. ... Battier, who started just once in the 2003-04 season after joining the Grizzlies as a rookie starter in 2001-02, has started all eight games this
season. ... In the Lakers' losses to Memphis last season, Bryant averaged 13.3 points on 23.3 percent shooting. ... The Grizzlies said postgame X-rays of Miller's injured knee showed no obvious damage and further medical tests were planned.