Tuesday , Dec , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies, Lakers meet for third time this season

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers try to put the brakes on a two-game
losing streak tonight, as they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Staples
Center.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The teams split a
pair of contests at FedExForum. The Lakers will host Memphis on February 11,
2006 in the final contest of the campaign between the clubs.

LA returns home for a pair of games after going 1-2 on a three-game road trip.
On Monday, Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed seven
rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards over the Lakers, 94-91, at the MCI
Center.

Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, but had only six in the final quarter, in the
loss to Washington for the Lakers, who relinquished a 12-point lead late in
the third and failed to recover in the fourth. Smush Parker had 16 points and
Chris Mihm netted 11 for Los Angeles.

The Lakers, who are scheduled to host the Utah Jazz on Sunday, are 6-6 as the
host this season. They have won three of their last four at the Staples
Center.

Memphis plays the second of a four-game road trip. On Monday, Andrei Kirilenko
had a season-high 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Utah to an exciting
105-102 overtime win over the Grizzlies at the Delta Center.

Pau Gasol finished with a game-high 32 points and 11 boards in the loss to the
Jazz for the Grizzlies, who lost for the first time in three outings. Eddie
Jones netted 25 for Memphis, while Mike Miller scored 14 off the bench.

The Grizzlies, who will visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the
Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday, are 7-5 as the visitor this season. They have
lost two in a row on the road.

Memphis has won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings in this
series. The Grizzlies snapped an 18-game series road losing streak on December
20, 2004. The Grizzlies are 1-18 all-time at the Lakers.

LAL MEM