Coming in, Friday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies looked like a mismatch. Memphis was on an 11-game winning streak and boasted the NBA’s best defensive rating, as well as a young, long and feisty roster.
It went up by 13 late in the third quarter, and even worse, it killed the Lakers in the paint by outrebounding them 63-47, which included a whopping 24 offensive rebounds, while holding them to just 40.9 percent shooting.
A recipe for disaster as far as the Lakers were concerned, right?
LeBron James and crew scratched and clawed down the stretch and pecked away at the Grizzlies’ lead, and by making more big plays, L.A. somehow came out on top, 122-121.
Memphis killed itself by going just 26-of-40 from the free throw line, while Ja Morant was only 9-of-29 and committed five turnovers.
After losing three close games at home in painful and frustrating fashion, the Lakers finally won one, against the NBA’s hottest team to boot.
LeBron James: C
James was not efficient for the second game in a row. He looked tired down the stretch, which could be the result of having to play heavy minutes on a consistent basis in his 20th season.
He was 8-of-21 from the field, scoring 23 points to go along with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Troy Brown Jr.: C
Brown made two 3-pointers during the Lakers’ comeback in the fourth quarter, but overall he struggled, going 3-of-12 from the field (10 of his shot attempts were from downtown). He finished with 11 points, five rebounds and one blocked shot in 28 minutes.
Thomas Bryant: B-
Bryant’s level of play has fallen off in recent games. He isn’t scoring at or near the rim with nearly as much regularity, and for some reason, his aggression has almost disappeared.
He was 3-of-8 on Friday, giving him eight points along with seven boards, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot in 22 minutes, but he spent much of the night in foul trouble.
Patrick Beverley: B/B+
Beverley went 3-of-6 overall and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, and he helped put the clamps on Morant who, other than the third quarter, had an…
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Publish date : 2023-01-21 06:31:34
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