NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Memphis
(Tuesday, January 8th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 117, Memphis 101
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Derek Fisher had a spectacular night, scoring 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting and making all five of his three-point attempts, as the Lakers led wire-to-wire in a 117-101 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Fisher came into Tuesday's game averaging 12.4 points, but more than doubled that output with his beset performance of the season, as Los Angeles continued to surge with its third straight victory. Kobe Bryant contributed 25 points, six assists and five steals for the Lakers, who have won seven of their last eight contests.
All five Laker starters were in double figures. Andrew Bynum contributed 12 points and nine rebounds, while Lamar Odom chipped in 10 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Luke Walton totaled 10 points, while Jordan Farmar came off the bench for 13 points.
Mike Miller had 19 points, eight boards and six assists for Memphis, losers in seven of its last nine games. Pau Gasol ended with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Darko Milicic had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
It was a great start for Fisher, as he nailed a pullup jumper 19 seconds into the game and then hit a three-pointer. Odom's jumper moved the Lakers to a 7-0 lead.
Although Memphis came back with the next six points and were within 19-17 midway through the quarter, Fisher bookended an 8-0 run with three-pointers.
Bryant got into the act by making a shot from beyond the arc in the final minute of the first and the Lakers carried a 39-23 lead into the second.
LA expanded to its largest lead of the night with 4:25 left in the second as Fisher's three moved the cushion to 57-31.
Memphis tried to rally, closing within 61-47 at the half, but the Lakers moved ahead by 23 early in the third following two straight layups from Walton.
Another Fisher bucket expanded the lead to 87-71 going into the fourth and the double-digit margin remained over the final 12 minutes.
This was the first of three meetings this season...The Lakers shot 52.7 percent, compared to 44.1 for Memphis...Hakim Warrick and Rudy Gay each had 15 points for Memphis, which also got 11 from Mike Conley.
01/08 22:45:38 ET