Bryant, Gasol help Lakers cruise past Grizzlies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bryant, Gasol help Lakers cruise past Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, Pau Gasol had 24 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Memphis 115-98 on Saturday night, extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 12 games.

Derek Fisher scored 14 points for Los Angeles, and Lamar Odom added 13 as the Lakers won for the sixth time in the last seven games. Bryant also had seven assists.

Rudy Gay had 23 points, while O.J. Mayo scored 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field for the Grizzlies, losers of 20 of their last 22. Mike Conley finished with 13 points and seven assists, and Marc Gasol also scored 13 points.

The Lakers lost center Andrew Bynum due to a sprained right knee in the first quarter. X-rays were negative and further tests will be done Sunday in New York where the Lakers face the Knicks on Monday.

Bryant was driving to the basket, missed the shot, came down awkwardly and crashed into Bynum's right leg. Bynum was helped from the floor.

The Grizzlies' offense was more free-flowing in the first half, a different style under new coach Lionel Hollins, in his third game since replacing the fired Marc Iavaroni. Instead of set plays, the Grizzlies were pushing the ball to the basket, and Mayo was connecting from outside.

Memphis was still shooting about 60 percent in the latter stages of the first half and built the lead to 13 before it was cut to 61-55 at halftime.

Conley finished the half with 15 points, including 6-of-8 from the field, and Gay had 11 as Memphis shot 57 percent in the half, including 5-of-7 from outside the arc.

Pau Gasol had 14 for the Lakers, while Bryant shot just 3-for-10. Still, the Lakers were at 51 percent for the half, part of that coming from a 36-18 advantage in the paint before intermission.

The Lakers finished the game with a 66-42 edge in the paint.

It didn't take the Lakers long to overtake Memphis as they opened the second half with 10-2 run, capped by Bryant's 3-point play. From there, the two teams stayed close as they continued to shoot above 50 percent.

But the Lakers closed the third with a 14-4 run, including 10 consecutive points, to take a 91-82 lead into the fourth. Bryant had 10 in the quarter, and Odom added nine to help Los Angeles build its lead.

     

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