NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Memphis
(Monday, February 1st)
Final Score: Memphis 95, LA Lakers 93
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay scored 25 points, including a key three-pointer with 29.5 seconds remaining, as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-93, spoiling a milestone night for All-Star Kobe Bryant.
Despite the loss, Bryant tied a season-high with 44 points as he became the all-time leading scorer in Lakers' history. Bryant needed just 28 points coming into the game to tie Jerry West for first on the franchise's all-time scoring list.
The four-time NBA champion Bryant had 27 points following a slam with just over 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter. On the next LA possession, Bryant passed West with another dunk off a feed by Jordan Farmar on a breakaway.
"It's a great honor to say the least to be with all the great players and the rich tradition that we have," Bryant said. "It's a great accomplishment. [Jerry West] taught me so much when I was 17 years old. He taught me a lot about the game and the rules and on and on."
The 31-year-old Bryant now has 25,208 career points in his 14th season in the league. He also moved to 14th on the NBA's all-time scoring list with his performance on Monday.
Bryant went 16-of-28 from the field on Monday, including a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc, for the Lakers, who ended an eight-game road trip with a 5-3 mark. Ron Artest had 18 points and five rebounds, while Pau Gasol chipped in 10 points and nine boards.
Zach Randolph finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who snapped a brief two-game skid. Marc Gasol tallied 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Lester Hudson had a career-high 13 points off the bench for the victors.
A Derek Fisher jumper deadlocked things at 88 with 2:11 to go in the fourth. Randolph put the Grizzlies back in front with a long deuce with 1:08 left.
Randolph made it 92-88 with a pair of free throws after Odom and Bryant missed shots for LA. Bryant's driving layup had the Lakers within two with 47.3 seconds remaining.
Gay then came up big for Memphis, draining a trey from the corner with 29.5 ticks left to make it a five-point contest. However, Bryant responded with a three of his own to cut the gap to 95-93 with 23.2 seconds to go.
Mike Conley had a chance to essentially seal the win with a pair of free throws, but he missed both with 21.7 ticks to play. Artest missed a three- pointer in the final seconds, which would have given LA the victory.
"Marc (Gasol) did a great job of switching out on Kobe (Bryant) and staying down on the pump-fake," recalled Randolph of the final play. "He got the ball out of his hands. Then Ron Artest took the shot and missed it."
The score was deadlocked at 24-24 following the first quarter. Memphis was leading 36-32 near the midway point of the second when they went on a 12-5 run to take an 11-point margin. DeMarre Carroll's slam made it 48-37 with over three minutes left until half.
Moments later, Bryant scored all of the Lakers' points during an 11-2 spurt to close out the half. Bryant made 1-of-3 free throws to cap the burst, cutting the gap to 52-50 at the break.
Memphis started the third on a 12-3 flurry to create some breathing room. Conley's layup had the Grizzlies in front 64-53 with 6:18 left.
LA fought back with seven straight points to get within four. Bryant capped the run with a pair of slams with the latter making him the all-time leading scorer in franchise history.
A Farmar trey had Los Angeles ahead 71-70 after three periods.
Lakers head coach Phil Jackson remains tied with Pat Riley atop the franchise coaching list with 533 wins in Los Angeles...The Grizzlies made 22-of-32 foul shots, while LA went 17-of-27 from the charity stripe...The Lakers had won the last five games with the Grizzlies.
02/02 01:25:26 ET