NBA: Lakers ground Grizzlies for third straight win

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 04 2021 09:45 AM

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Kyle Kuzma high-fives Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference SemiFinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 12, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida. File photo. Jesse D. Garrabrant, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away late to defeat the host Memphis Grizzlies 108-94 on Sunday.

Anthony Davis had 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Montrezl Harrell added 16 points and nine boards and Wesley Matthews contributed 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-6 3-pointers for the Lakers, who won their third in a row. Dennis Schroder added 11 points.

Kyle Anderson scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Tyus Jones also scored 14, while Desmond Bane had 13.

Schroder's bucket with 4:54 left gave the Lakers a 95-85 lead. A 3-pointer by Bane pulled Memphis within five with 4:07 remaining but it got no closer. Los Angeles outscored Memphis 31-19 in the fourth.

In the first, a 17-0 surge by the Grizzlies allowed them to wipe out a nine-point deficit and take a 36-25 advantage after one quarter.

In the second, the Lakers rallied. They closed the half on a 20-9 run for a 56-54 edge at the break. Los Angeles outscored Memphis 31-18 in the second quarter.

Neither team led by more than four in the third quarter. Two free throws by Harrell gave the Lakers a 75-73 lead with 51.6 seconds remaining before Gorgui Dieng's jumper tied the score with 30 seconds left in the third. Harrell's floater put Los Angeles up 77-75 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lakers center Marc Gasol played against the Grizzlies in Memphis for the first time since he was traded two seasons ago to the Toronto Raptors. Gasol, who received four stitches for a cut above his eye after a collision with Brooks, finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) missed the contest. Kyle Kuzma started in his place, scoring nine of his 11 points in the first half.

The Grizzlies played again without Ja Morant, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

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