Monday , Dec , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies visit Lakers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers play the second
contest of a season-high six-game homestand, as they welcome Pau Gasol and the
Memphis Grizzlies tonight to the Staples Center.

The Grizzlies enter this contest with an 0-18 record at the Lakers.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs. On November
10th, the Grizzlies knocked off the Lakers, 110-87, at the FedExForum.
Overall, the home team has won the last five contests in this series.

The Lakers come into tonight’s game after having the weekend off. On Friday,
Los Angeles dropped a 120-116 overtime decision to the Washington Wizards at
the Staples Center.

Washington overcame a triple-double by Kobe Bryant to snap an 11-game losing
streak in Los Angeles against the Lakers, dating back to 1992. Bryant had 36
points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 14 assists. Chucky Atkins had a season-
high 23 points in a losing cause.

Bryant has scored more than 30 points in three straight games. He is averaging
34 points, 8.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists in that span. The 26-year-old All-
Star has registered four triple-doubles this season.

The Lakers are 8-4 as the host this season. LA has lost two of its last three
at the Staples Center.

The Grizzlies play the second of a four-game road trip tonight. On Sunday,
Gasol scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Memphis to a
92-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

Jason Williams chipped in 17 points and seven assists in Sunday’s win for
Memphis, which has won two in a row. Mike Miller netted 14 points and Lorenzen
Wright collected 12 points and six boards for the Grizzlies.

Gasol is averaging 20.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in his last 10 contests for
the Grizzlies, who are attempting to win three straight games for the first
time this season.

Memphis is 4-8 on the road this season.