LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Grizzlies never led the Lakers—until the overtime.
After Damon Stoudamire’s pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation drew Memphis even, the Grizzlies outscored Los Angeles 10-2 to begin the extra period, then held on for a wild 100-99 victory Wednesday night.
The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who scored 45 points on 13-of-37 shooting, missed a layup in the waning seconds, teammate Chris Mihm’s putback rolled off the rim, and both teams were scrambling for the loose ball at the final buzzer.
The victory was only the Grizzlies’ second in the 20 games they’ve played on the Lakers’ court.
“Man, we’re just resilient,” said Stoudamire, who had 25 points and nine assists. “We’ve got a pretty good road record (8-5), but tonight I thought what we did was pretty incredible, considering that Eddie (Jones) got ejected, Shane Battier fouled out and we still were able to pull this game out.”
“We were able to wear them out a little bit at the end,” Gasol said. “Finally we rebounded and made some defensive stops toward the end.”
Said Memphis coach Mike Fratello: “I don’t know if I could be any prouder of the effort of our guys tonight. We have some real pros on this team, some great attitudes. They hung in there, gave themselves a chance at the end. We had guys step up and make big shots.”
Bryant, gashed over his left eye in the second quarter when Miller pushed him in the face with his hand while driving, had three stitches to close the cut.
Bryant was called for a flagrant foul with 8:24 to play for elbowing Miller in the face as Miller drove again.
“Any player that was going to come down the lane at that point in time, I was going to let him know that he just can’t walk through there,” Bryant said. “I think we as a team have to do a better job of establishing that. And me, as a leader of the ballclub, I’ve got to take the initiative to do that—and hopefully, everybody will see that.
“This being our home court, people come here and think it’s Hollywood and all sorts of stuff, so they think they’ll come down (the lane) and look pretty and shoot jump shots and dunk the ball and finger-roll the ball and do all sorts of cute stuff. And we’ve got to stop that.”
Bryant scored seven points in overtime and brought Los Angeles within one point on a layup with 24 seconds left. But despite getting the ball back quickly on a turnover by Gasol, the Lakers were unable to score again.
Jones had 17 points for Memphis before being ejected for jawing at officials with 6 minutes remaining in regulation and the Grizzlies down by seven points.
Stoudamire’s second 3-pointer in a row, with 28 seconds left in regulation, tied it 88-all. Bryant then bounced an 18-footer off the rim, and the Grizzlies’ Dahntay Jones missed from 3-point range at the buzzer ending regulation.
With the Lakers up 79-74 and 6 minutes left, Fratello and Eddie Jones drew consecutive technical fouls and Bryant made the free throw both times to extend the lead to seven points.
The Lakers’ biggest lead was 10 points, the last time at 54-44 late in the first half.
The Lakers dropped to 6-7 at home. They’re 9-7 on the road. … The Lakers beat the Grizzlies 94-79 at Memphis two weeks earlier. … The Grizzlies won all three against Los Angeles last season.