Davis, who returned after a two-game absence
caused by Achilles soreness, made 16 of 27 shots from the floor
as the Lakers rallied from an early 20-point deficit to prevail.
LeBron James had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and
Kyle Kuzma contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, including five
Lakers big man Montrezl Harrell, who left the game early in the
fourth quarter after being hit in the head by a Kuzma elbow, had
14 points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes.
Grayson Allen scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas and Ja
Morant each scored 22 for the Grizzlies, who have dropped five
of their past six contests. Morant dished out 10 assists.
The Grizzlies played without Desmond Bane, who didn't make the
trip due to the death of his great-grandmother, who helped raise
him. Brandon Clarke (calf) and De'Anthony Melton (shoulder) also
A 13-4 surge pulled the Lakers to within 63-59 to open the third
after a jumper by Davis. But the Grizzlies maintained the lead
until James scored the Lakers' final seven points of the quarter
for an 87-82 edge heading into the fourth.
Los Angeles outscored Memphis 41-23 in the third. James scored
13 in the quarter.
In the fourth, the Lakers quickly increased the lead to double
digits and were never threatened the rest of the way.
The Lakers trailed by 20 in the first half for the second game
in a row. They allowed the Grizzlies to race to a 22-2 lead
after a floater by Dillon Brooks with 6:18 left in the first
quarter. Memphis led 31-16 at the end of the first.
In the second, the Lakers closed the gap to 10 on three
occasions, but a 3-pointer by Morant boosted the Grizzles to a
59-46 advantage at the break.
--Field Level Media
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