Grizzlies down Lakers
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tarence Kinsey poured in a career-high 24
points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Los Angeles Lakers, 88-86, at
the Staples Center.
Rudy Gay added 20 points and a career-best 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
ended a four-game slide.
Kobe Bryant, whose streak of scoring at least 50 points ended Sunday, had 23
points on 7-of-26 shooting from the floor for the Lakers, who had a five-game
win streak end.
Luke Walton had 15 points and Smush Parker had 14 for Los Angeles, which
remained in sixth place in the Western Conference despite the loss.
Trailing eight points at halftime, the Grizzlies outscored the Lakers 27-14 in
the third quarter to take a 68-63 lead into the final frame.
Los Angeles pulled within 73-72 after Sasha Vujacic drained a three-pointer
with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
With 1:15 left, Walton hit a three to even the score at 81-81, but Kinsey
answered with a three of his own to give the Grizzlies a three-point edge with
54 seconds to go.
Lamar Odom then missed a three and Kinsey pulled down the rebound and got
fouled at the other end. He sunk both shots from the charity stripe to make it
With nine ticks left, Bryant hit a fadeaway three from the left corner to pull
LA within two. The Lakers then fouled Pau Gasol and he hit 1-of-2 from the
line to make it 87-84.
With a foul to give, Memphis put Bryant on the line and he hit both shots to
make it 87-86 with eight seconds left.
Hakim Warrick was then fouled and went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make
it 88-86 with 6.5 seconds to go.
After a timeout, Parker threw up a trey from the right corner that fell short
as Memphis held on for the victory.
Los Angeles ended the opening quarter on a 7-0 surge to lead 27-15 after one
period. Cook started things with a three-pointer and Ronny Turiaf and Vujacic
followed with jump shots.
The Grizzlies outscored the Lakers by four points in the second stanza, but
still trailed 49-41 at halftime.
Bryant and Parker each had 12 points at the break to pace Los Angeles.
The Grizzlies defeated the Lakers for just the fourth time in the last 23
meetings in LA…Gasol finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds in the
victory…Lakers forward Kwame Brown did not play due to a sore left ankle.