NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 30th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (13-4) at Memphis Grizzlies (7-10), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers hope to snap a rare losing streak tonight when they invade Beale Street to take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
The two-time defending NBA champions dropped their second game in a row on Sunday when Roy Hibbert proved to be a strong presence in the middle with 24 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to their first-ever win, 95-92, at Staples Center against the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 41 points, but missed a pair of potential game- tying three-point attempts in the final moments for the Lakers, who have lost the two straight after a five-game win streak.
Pau Gasol added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 boards in defeat.
"We played a lethargic game," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "They out- hustled us and got the win. Our offense was a little stagnant. We couldn't get the ball into Pau. Our guys just didn't move the ball. You just have to give their defense credit."
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, lost for the first time in four games on Saturday in Cleveland when Mo Williams scored 25 points, dished out 12 assists and pulled down five rebounds, as the Cavaliers overcame a slow start to defeat Memphis, 92-86.
Rudy Gay ended with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo each donated 13 points while Randolph also pulled down 11 boards in defeat.
"They ran and jumped us. They were all over the place," Gay said. "We were turning the ball over, running into each other, running into them. When they put pressure on us, we can't fold like we did today."
The Lakers, who haven't lost three in a row all season and are 5-2 on the road, have taken seven of their last eight games over the Grizzlies.
11/30 10:30:53 ET