NBA Game Summary - Memphis at LA Lakers
(Sunday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Memphis 104, LA Lakers 85
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay scored 27 points, Zach Randolph had 21 and the Memphis Grizzlies earned their most lopsided road win ever against the Los Angeles Lakers, a 104-85 victory Sunday at Staples Center.
The Grizzlies got 15 points from reserve O.J. Mayo and salvaged a 1-2 road trip with only their third win in eight games overall. They also snapped a four-game road losing streak to the Lakers.
"To come in here and beat the world champions, that can motivate us," said Randolph.
Kobe Bryant was the only Laker scorer in double digits until the fourth quarter, ending with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting in LA's fourth loss in six games.
The Lakers were coming off back-to-back wins against New Orleans and Philadelphia, but those victories came on the heels of three straight setbacks.
Although the Grizzlies once beat the Lakers by 23 points in Memphis on November 10, 2004, they had never earned such a large victory against them in Los Angeles.
"Every win on the road is a big win," said Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins, "but to win here against the Lakers makes it extra satisfying."
The Grizzlies carried a nine-point lead into the second half, but didn't take control of the game until an 11-0 run near the end of the third quarter.
Mike Conley scored five of his 12 points during the surge, kickstarting it with a pair of free throws and also burying a three-pointer. Randolph's free throws with 1:12 remaining in the quarter capped the run and gave Memphis a 17-point lead at 77-60.
The Grizzlies carried their 17-point edge into the fourth quarter, leading 79-62, and went ahead by as many as 26 points late in the game when Gay's alley-oop dunk made it 103-77.
Memphis cruised from there, earning the lopsided win despite being slightly outshot by the Lakers, 46 percent to 45. The difference came in quantity: The Grizzlies took 90 shots in the game and nine players combined for 30 assists.
"This was a team win," said Randolph.
The Lakers, meanwhile, were stale. Bryant remained the only player with more than nine points until Pau Gasol hit a jumper at 11:32 of the fourth quarter for the last of his 10 points.
Shannon Brown added 11 points in the loss.
"We got out-worked," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "That was a poor performance by us tonight both offensively and defensively. In every category we got outplayed."
The Grizzlies led by as many as five points in the first quarter and took a 23-18 lead into the second. They built a 48-39 at the half.
Marc Gasol, the younger brother of LA's Pau, had 10 rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies...Andrew Bynum scored nine points with a game-high 11 boards for the Lakers.
01/03 01:14:06 ET