Mike Miller scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the
Grizzlies, who have a one-game lead over the Phoenix Suns in the
race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Memphis pulled
away with a 17-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters and can
sew up a postseason spot by winning at Phoenix on Monday.
Jodie Meeks scored 20 points and Wesley Johnson had 15 points and a
career-high 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost their seventh
straight game. Nick Young added 14 points and Jordan Hill
contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Gasol hit back-to-back baskets to start the run of 17 straight
points as the Lakers missed 16 consecutive shots over a span of
9:15. Kosta Koufos capped the splurge with a basket to make it 91-69
with 8:38 left in the game before Robert Sacre ended the Lakers’
drought with a hoop with 7:18 to play and the Grizzlies cruised to
their third consecutive victory.
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Los Angeles had a nine-point lead early in the second quarter before
Memphis scored the next 13 and eventually held a 53-52 lead at the
break. The contest was tied at 61 after Hill’s basket with 7:28 left
in the third and Young’s 3-pointer with 4:33 to go cut the Lakers’
deficit to 74-69 before the Grizzlies went on their decisive run.
GAME NOTEBOOK: PF Zach Randolph and G Courtney Lee added 10 points
apiece for the Grizzlies, who were 8-of-15 from 3-piont range. … The
Lakers went 14-27 at home. … Memphis dominated the inside against a
Los Angeles team missing C Pau Gasol (vertigo) and C Chris Kaman
(calf) and finished with a 52-32 edge on the boards.
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