Game Recap: Lakers Keep It Close, But Ultimately Fall In Memphis

The Lakers made their way over to Memphis tonight after suffering back to back losses. The last time the Lakers faced the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum was just over a month ago and the Lakers came out victorious. However, Memphis was without Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol and the Lakers had Kobe Bryant on the court.

Tonight, the Grizzlies bigs are back and Bryant is still sidelined. Nick Young remains on the bench with knee soreness along with Steve Nash and Chris Kaman who is sitting out due to a sore back. The Lakers would be looking to their bigs, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Pau Gasol to nab rebounds, protect the paint and help pull out a victory.

First Quarter

The Lakers struggled from the start with turnovers and offensive rebounds but Wes Johnson was able to get the momentum going for the purple and gold hitting back to back shots. Jodie Meeks showed his athleticism with a drive down the lane to lay it up and in. However, the Lakers were unable to stop the Grizzlies on defense, allowing a 7-0 run to put them down early.

Johnson kept the Lakers alive hitting a deep two to bring them within four points, 22-18, with just over 2:00 minutes left . Jordan Farmar came into the game and dropped a layup and a three-pointer in back to back shots. Wes Johnson was the first quarter standout, putting up nine points with two blocks. However, after one the Lakers trailed the Grizzlies, 31-23.

Second Quarter

Jordan Hill tipped in a missed three-point attempt by Farmar to notch the first points of the second quarter. Robert Sacre hit a big dunk off the dish from MarShon Brooks but the Lakers still trailed by 13 halfway through the 2nd.

Brooks had a dunk of his own off a Kendall Marshall assist and a Pau layup got himself on the scoreboard. Despite threes from Jodie Meeks and Wes Johnson, the Laker’s lack of defense put them in a deep hole. Wes Johnson continued to lead the team in points with 12 and four blocks, followed by MarShon Brooks with nine points and Jodie Meeks with eight. The Lakers closed out the first half down, 65-46.

Third Quarter

Pau hit the first shot of the quarter, his signature jumper of course. Jodie Meeks hit back to back shots early in the quarter but followed those up with a turnover, which was the 11th of the night for the Lakers. Pau hit another fadeaway jumper right over his brother Marc Gasol but the Lakers still trailed the Grizzlies, 70-54, with less than eight minutes still left in the third.

Jodie Meeks kept the energy high driving to the basket to make a layup with a foul for the three-point play. Wes Johnson drained a three followed by a jumper from Pau to cut the lead to 12 after a 10-0 run with 3:10 left in the third. MarShon Brooks and Jodie Meeks hit back to back threes to bring the Lakers within seven. At the end of the third, the Lakers were down 82-73 with Meeks leading the pack with 19 points and four rebounds.

Fourth Quarter

Ryan Kelly hit a three, his first basket of the night, to start off the fourth coupled with two big blocks. Pau took it to the hole for a big slam but the Lakers found themselves down but double digits yet again with 6:40 left in the game. Jordan Farmar and Kent Bazemore buried back to back three’s raising the Laker total to 11 on the night. Unfortunately, it was too little too late. Despite the late run to bring the lead down to as little as three, the Lakers failed to complete the comeback, falling to the Grizzlies by five, 108-103.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Casey Owens Joins Luke Walton’s Coaching Staff

When the Los Angeles Lakers announced that ex-Laker Luke Walton would be replacing ousted head coach Byron Scott, it was clear that the franchise was looking for a change…

Major Decisions Loom For Lakers Post-Kobe Bryant

The lights at Staples Center have grown dim. The roar of the crowd has faded. The Lakers themed confetti is gone, resigned to the trash heap (or eBay)…

Lou Williams Breaks Down What Lakers Should Take Away From Spurs Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers were thoroughly embarrassed on Thursday night as the San Antonio Spurs dominated them from the beginning on their way to a 40-point win…

Throwback Thursday: Kobe Bryant Scores 25 In Fourth Quarter And OT To Beat Warriors

Another Throwback Thursday, another Kobe Bryant moment. On January 27, 2006 Bryant scored 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined…