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