Following LeBron James, then Russell Westbrook, the Lakers got off to the best start (23-16). Simple, the Grizzlies need 9 points and 7 rebounds from Stephen Adams to stay in touch (26-23). Reversing the trend is the introduction of Tyus Jones. The point guard hits the mark from long range and finds Bane and Jackson Jr. to make it 9-0 (32-27). However, the Lakers take advantage of several turnovers and eight free throws (53-49).
Despite scoring just 6 points in the first half, Ja Morant took over in the third quarter. He scored 14 points, and despite all the efforts of the Schroeder – Westbrook pair, the Grizzlies secured the break (88-75).
Although LeBron James and Russell Westbrook rang the bell for the Lakers, the Tyus Jones – Brandon Clarke duo limited the damage to allow the Grizzlies to take control of the match (105-100). Desmond Bane’s game-winning shot puts the Lakers at -8, but they’re not abdicating. James’ 2+1 and Troy Brown’s 3-pointer cut them to -3 with 80 seconds to play (116-113).
The Lakers score a free throw and Dennis Schröder steals the ball from Desmond Bane at -1 with 13 seconds left in the game and goes for a foul to put the Lakers ahead (122-120). Brandon Clarke will tie the free throw, but he misses his second attempt and the Lakers make the catch!
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Memphis collects offensive rebounds. Lacking skill throughout the game, the Grizzlies relied on one of their favorite weapons, offensive rebounds, to take control of the game. They grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the third quarter and scored half of their points on second chances! They finished the game with 24 offensive rebounds, or 43% of their shots, and 39 second-chance points.
– The Decisive Series by Dennis Schröder. The German leader had just made it 1-1 thanks to two free throws, but the Grizzlies’ fate was in their own hands with 13 seconds left in the game. Instead of fouling the ball into play, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Schröder Bane stepped up to take two and the German hit the ball in his opponent’s hands before completing the error to give his opponent the win. his team. Before the game, the Grizzlies had a record of 28 wins and 1 loss when leading after three quarters. The Lakers had 1 win and 22 losses in the opposite scenario. Anything can happen in the NBA!
– The controversy between Shannon Sharpe and the Grizzlies. During halftime, Dillon Brooks and Shannon Sharpe, NFL Hall of Famer, became a FOX Sports consultant, Steven Adams, Ja Morant and Tee Morant exchanged words in front of the point guard’s father, and almost all Grizzlies do not interfere. Cryto.com Arena security had to intervene to separate everyone. It’s as incredible as it is ridiculous, ending with Dad Morant and Shannon Sharp shaking hands in the third quarter.
✅ Russell Westbrook. The sixth man was the most outstanding Laker of the night. He was impressive with 29 points on 10/18 shooting. He also had 5 assists but 4 turnovers.
✅ Tyus Jones – Brandon Clarke. As always, both players brought crazy energy from the bench. Tyus Jones finished with 20 points from Ja Morant and Brandon Clark with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. But the latter misses the equaliser…
✅ Stephen Adams. Often overshadowed by his teammates, the cornerback is central to the Grizzlies’ success. That night, he controlled the racket with 16 points and 17 rebounds, including 8 steals.
✅⛔ LeBron James – Dennis Schroeder. Both players were awkward, 8/21 for the King, 4/11 for the German, but both were crucial in other areas leading the Lakers to victory.
⛔ Ja Morant. Except for a good pass in the third quarter, he passed. He scored 22 points on 9 of 29 shooting and 5 free throws.
⛔ Dillon Brooks. 4/17 shots, 6 fouls. Dillon Brooks had a negative impact on his team’s overall performance.
LA Lakers (21-25) : Taking on the Blazers on Sunday.
Memphis (31-14): Sunday trip to Phoenix.