The Lakers closed a three-game road trip with losses the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. They squandered a nine-point halftime lead in a 94-91 loss to the Wizards on Monday, one day after their nationally-televised 97-92 loss to the Heat.
The loss to Washington frustrated coach Phil Jackson, who was hit with a technical foul and complained about the officiating afterward.
“What is it Leo Durocher says? ‘We was robbed’? Is that the line he used?” Jackson said. “That was quite an exhibition out there tonight. For the second half, it was kind of uphill sledding out there. … Two palming violations on Kobe (Bryant) when he’s probably the least offender.”
The Lakers are 18-1 at home against the Grizzlies, who notched their lone road win in the series, 82-72 on Dec. 20, 2004. Bryant had one of his worst games of the season, making 2-of-16 shots for 11 points.
Bryant averaged 34.0 points in the Lakers’ last two games. However, the star guard has made just two of his last 18 3-point attempts and is shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Los Angeles has not dropped three straight since Nov. 9-14.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 105-102 overtime loss Monday to the Utah Jazz. Memphis led by as many as 18 points, but was undone by shooting just 30 percent (16-of-53) after halftime.
“To come out and lose it in overtime was tough. It’s hard to swallow,” Memphis guard Eddie Jones said. “They hit the boards hard, didn’t turn the ball over as much as we did, and they just kept fighting. That team just kept fighting and you have to take your hat off to them.”
The Grizzlies were outrebounded 49-29 and were beaten on the boards for the seventh time in the last 10 games.
Pau Gasol notched his fourth straight double-double with 32 points and 11 boards. The Spanish native is averaging just 15.0 points in two games against the Lakers this season.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 27): Grizzlies - 3rd place, 4 1/2 GB, Southwest Division. Lakers - 3rd place, 2 GB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Grizzlies - Gasol, 19.3 ppg and 9.5 rpg; Stoudamire, 4.6 apg. Lakers - Bryant, 32.2 ppg; Odom, 9.2 rpg and 5.3 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 14; Lakers, 94-79. At Memphis, Tenn., Bryant had team highs of 27 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers used a 48-38 rebounding edge to end a four-game losing streak against the Grizzlies.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Grizzlies - 7-5 on the road; Lakers - 6-6 at home.