NBA Game Summary - Memphis at LA Lakers
(Sunday, January 13th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 100, Memphis 99
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kwame Brown hit one free throw with 9.2 seconds left and Kobe Bryant scored 37 points as the Lakers overcame a knee injury to center Andrew Bynum and earned a 100-99 win over Memphis.
Lamar Odom had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, winners of six in a row for the first time since the 2003-04 season when they won 11 straight.
Bryant shot just 3-of-10 from three-point range, but missed only one of his 15 foul shots.
"We maintained the tempo until the fourth quarter, then they had rhythm in their offense," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We made a lot of mistakes. I was expecting the game to go the other way, but we eked that one out."
Bynum was helped off the court with a sprained left knee early in the third quarter. He was hurt after coming down on Odom's foot while going for a rebound. X-rays taken were negative. Bynum, who totaled 10 points and nine boards before leaving the game, will have an MRI on Monday.
Mike Miller had 27 points and Pau Gasol had a spectacular game with 21 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks, but the Grizzlies suffered their fourth straight defeat.
Bryant hit two free throws to boost LA to a 97-96 edge with 1:02 left, and then after a bad pass by Miller led to a turnover, Bryant drove in for a layup with 42 seconds remaining.
Rudy Gay nailed a three-pointer from the left corner 10 seconds later.
Brown then got the ball in the low post and missed a dunk, but was fouled by Gay. Brown made the first free throw and missed the second. The ball went out of bounds to Memphis with 7.5 seconds left.
After a timeout, Kyle Lowry drove into the lane and collided with Brown, but no foul call came as the shot was missed. Hakim Warrick got the loose ball, but his three-pointer from the right wing was off the mark at the buzzer.
"I'm not commenting on the officiating tonight," Marc Iavaroni. "We gave them opportunities and sent them to the free throw line. We fought back to get back in the game. When we get older, we'll get smarter."
Jordan Farmar had 10 points for the Lakers, who can't afford to lose Bynum at this stage of the season. The 20-year-old came into Sunday averaging 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds.
"I think I'll be all right," said Bynum, whose leg was strapped down by a walking cast after the game. "I thought it was worse when I watched the replay. Nothing popped. I can put weight on it, so that's a good sign. I put ice on it and it felt better. They'll tell me more after my MRI tomorrow."
Gay had 11 points and Mike Conley finished with 10 points and seven assists for the Grizzlies.
The Lakers led 31-29 after the opening quarter and used a 14-0 run to move to a 49-37 lead midway through the second. They were up 61-51 at the half and 80-70 heading into the fourth.
LA held an 87-74 lead early in the fourth, but Memphis rallied for the next 14 points, going ahead 88-87 on a Lowry layup with five minutes left.
This was Jackson's 944th career win as head coach, tying Bill Fitch for sixth on the all-time list...The 18 boards tied a career-high for Gasol...LA made 20-of-28 free throws...Memphis took just 11 shots from the foul line, making seven.
01/14 00:49:54 ET