Monday , Nov , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers finish road trip at Memphis

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers play the finale of a four-game road
trip, as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at FedExForum.

The Lakers are 1-2 on the road trip. On Friday, Allen Iverson scored 34
points, including the game-winning basket with 22.2 seconds left, as the
Philadelphia 76ers rallied to defeat the Lakers, 85-81, at the Wachovia

Chris Mihm led the Lakers with 20 points in the loss to Philadelphia, while
Kobe Bryant shot a dismal 7-for-27 from the field and finished with 17 points,
nine rebounds and seven assists. The Lakers lost their second straight despite
winning the points in the paint battle, 44-34, behind Mihm and 16 points from
Lamar Odom.

The Lakers defeated Atlanta, 103-97, in the opener of the swing and fell to
Minnesota, 88-74, in the second contest of the trip.

Bryant is averaging 31.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the Lakers
first six games this season.

After tonight’s contest, the Lakers return to the Staples Center for a five-
game homestand. They will host New York, the Clippers, Chicago, Seattle and
New Jersey.

Memphis returns home tonight after going 1-2 on a three-game road trip. On
Saturday, Pau Gasol collected an offensive rebound and scored the game-winning
basket with a layup just before the final horn sounded, as Memphis edged the
winless Atlanta Hawks, 85-84, at Philips Arena.

Shane Battier ended with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Gasol registered
20 points and nine boards in the win over Atlanta for the Grizzlies, who put
ended a two-game losing streak. Bobby Jackson netted 17 points for Memphis,
which lost to the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first two
games of the swing.

The Grizzlies will embark on a three-game road trip after playing the Lakers,
They will visit Phoenix, Utah and Denver on the swing.

Last season, Memphis swept the three meetings with the Lakers. Overall, the
home team has won six of the last seven contests in this series. The Grizzlies
have won five of the last seven games.

The Lakers have dropped four in a row at Memphis.