The Lakers had a tough task ahead of them: playing for the third time in four nights, versus a Grizzlies team – in Memphis – who were tied for the best record in the league at 8-2. How did it end for L.A.? Not that well as they lost 106-98…
The Lakers started off the game terribly: they gave up 34 points in the opening 12 minutes and only scored 18 points of their own. They could never come back from the bad start, even though they outscored Memphis 80-72 after the opening quarter.
Once again, turnovers reared their ugly head: 18 tonight for the Lakers. They also looked lethargic at times on defense – and on the boards – and they ended up getting out-rebounded 39-28.
Finally, the two star big men once again struggled. Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard combined for just 5-of-16 from the field and 8 rebounds.
It’s yet another back-to-back for the Lakers. Tomorrow night they’re in Dallas to play the Mavericks. It’s a 5:30pm PST tip-off and the game will be on TWC SportsNet.