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Pau Gasol managed to get to the basket throughout this game, and his sustained aggression against the Grizzlies led the Lakers to victory.
Seven of Gasol’s nine baskets came within eight feet of the hoop, and he finished with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Just as importantly, he performed well with the game on the line, hitting all three of his shots in the contest’s final five minutes, when he also added two rebounds and an assist.
Gasol’s efforts in Memphis allowed the Lakers to come away with a split on their four-games-in-five-nights road trip. Interestingly, each of the Lakers’ wins came on the second night of a back-to-back, which may be the result of the Lakers playing a younger line-up than they did last year.