Los Angeles could use a repeat performance from Gasol as it tries to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
The Lakers (35-16) had dropped three of four prior to defeating New Orleans 101-95 on Saturday night thanks in large part to a season-high 34 points and 10 rebounds from Gasol.
“I’m always in attack mode and it’s my responsibility to recognize things on the team that can help us,” said Bryant. “I felt like it was time to kind of have a talk with him and tell him it’s OK to be selfish because that’s really what we need from him.
“He has the skill to do it. I think it was just more of a mindset more than anything. He’s such a nice person. He wants other guys to be involved…but that’s not necessarily what’s best for our team.”
Bryant is averaging 31.8 points over his last five games overall, and 33.5 in his last 15 matchups with Memphis.
Los Angeles improved to 12-2 when scoring at least 100 points on the road.
“Some of it is about coming on the road, being together, and having this type of a crowd like we had (Saturday),” coach Phil Jackson said. “It was a big crowd, enthusiastic crowd and playing to that level is expected of us as champions. That’s where the guys get their biggest thrill as players.”
The Lakers have dropped the last two of their three previous meetings this season with the Grizzlies, as Gasol - a four-time All-Star who spent his first six-plus seasons in Memphis - has averaged 15.3 points against his former team.
Los Angeles is 21-4 when Gasol scores at least 20.
Memphis (27-25) had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped with a 95-93 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night despite leading by as many as 14.
Gay is averaging 23.7 points on 55.8-percent shooting against the Lakers this season.
The Grizzlies have won eight of nine at home, including four straight while averaging 108.5 points. The Lakers are limiting opponents to an average of 95.3 points over their last 15 road games.
The last three games between these teams in Memphis have been decided by two points or fewer. The Grizzlies won two of them.