The Los Angeles Lakers nipped the Memphis Grizzlies, 96-92. Los Angeles (12-13) picked up the win after falling to Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Pau Gasol scored 21 points on 9-12 shooting from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Kobe Bryant chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds for Los Angeles as well. Despite the loss, Zach Randolph put up 18 points for Memphis on 7-22 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. He also tallied 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Tony Allen added 16 points and 7 rebounds and Jon Leuer finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The Grizzlies had an eFG% of just 43.4% coupled with a low FTA rate of 18.7. This season, they are 1-1 when they fall below 45% and 20.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Lakers are 2-2 when forcing their opponents below those thresholds.
Memphis (10-14) has now lost four straight contests.
Coming up next, the Lakers play the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 12-13 on the year. The Grizzlies match up with the Dallas Mavericks, currently 14-10 this season. The Lakers have a 0-1 record against Minnesota this season. The Grizzlies have a 0-1 record against Dallas this season.