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Grizzlies Battle Lakers in Pau Return/Kobe Delivers Dagger at End

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and keyed a

late rally to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a two-game losing

streak with a 105-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday

night.

The Lakers trailed by 93-88 with 3:08 left, but closed the game

on a 17-3 run, including 10 points from Bryant to overtake the

Grizzlies down the stretch.

Bryant was 14-of-23 from the field, including back to back 3's late to overcome a Memphis lead, part of Los Angeles shooting

54 percent on the night.

Pau Gasol had 15 points, seven rebounds and had six assists in

his return to Memphis. Gasol played six-plus seasons with the

Grizzlies before being traded to Los Angeles in February.

Gasol is the Grizzlies franchise leader in 12 statistical

categories, including points, rebounds and blocks, and the only

All-Star in Grizzlies history (2006).

He was met with a mixture of cheers and boos in the pregame

introductions. Later, when the Grizzlies presented a video tribute

during a timeout, the boos were louder.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 23 points, while O.J. Mayo scored 22

and had six assists.

Andrew Bynum had 13 points and Lamar Odom finished with 12.

The game was close throughout without either team building a

lead of more than eight through the first three quarters. The

Lakers had lost their last two games on the road - at Miami and

Orlando - by a total of five points.

Memphis led 57-49 at the half and couldn't pull away in the

third quarter. The two teams got testy as Marc Gasol and Bryant

drew technicals. Odom would also draw one for arguing a no-call

later in the half.

The two teams exchanged leads late in the third period before

Memphis carried an 80-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

Notes: Monday was the final game of a season-long five-game

homestand for the Grizzlies. After winning the first two, Memphis

lost three straight. ... Earlier in the day, the Lakers announced

that a pair of doctors had confirmed Jordan Farmar suffered a torn

lateral meniscus and will need surgery. He could be sidelined for

eight weeks.

  The Grizzlies hit the Road on a Back to Back at the Dallas Maverics Tuesday night.

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