The Grizzlies triumphed over the Lakers 128-119 behind 25 points from Matt Barnes and 24 points and eight assists from Mike Conley. JaMychal Green and Zach Randolph finished with near identical numbers (14 points and nine rebounds for Z-Bo, 12 and nine for the one and only J-Green) and P.J. Hairston came through with his first real productive game for the Grizzlies as he had a very good looking stat line (5-9 from the field, 4-7 from downtown, 3-4 from the line, with two rebounds and two assists tossed in for good measure.
For me the M.V.P. of the game was Matt Barnes. He was scorching hot, shooting 9-14 from the field, 5- 9 from distance. The man couldn't miss. It was good to see Barnes have a good bounce back game, as he has been playing very hard the last couples of contests, but with little to show on the stat sheet.
Off the bench, Coach Joerger only played four people, as he had a playoff tight rotation that only seemed to eight deep. Brandan Wright put together what I feel has been his best game this season for the Grizz. Wright netted 15 points on 7-10 from the field with six rebounds. He was very active in and around the paint, and his numbers reflected that.
Lance Stephenson had a meh kind of game with eight points four rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes, as he continues to get himself acclimated (as the rest of our newcomers are) into the Grizzlies system. Mario Chalmers only had four points, but did a great job moving the ball as he finished with six assists (mind you, it was against a porous Lakers defense, but an assist is an assist.)
We also saw some Vince Carter minutes, as he played 21 points and finished shooting 50% from the field with a +9 for the game. Carter also passed Sir Charles Barkley for 24th place on the NBA all-time scoring list. Chris Andersen and James Ennis also were in the game, albeit briefly (eight minutes for Andersen and one minute for Ennis)
As a whole, the Grizzlies set season high for points scored and three pointers made, and went 13 for 27 from the beyond the arc (an average for some teams, but really a godsend for a team like the Grizzlies that is mostly anemic from the land of the three). In this game in particular, the Grizzlies really put a choke hold on the game and then just held off a few L.A. rallies here and there down the stretch to hold on for a pretty comfortable win.
For the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson went off for 28 points on 10-18 from the field and 6 of 11 shots from downtown. He, like Matt Barnes couldn't seem to miss for a large portion of tonight's game. He also pulled down six rebounds and had three assists.
Kobe Bryant ended his final game in Memphis with 13 points on 5-14 shooting with one rebound and two assists, which has been the standard Kobe stat line this season. Julius Randle played well, finishing with a double double (11 points and 14 rebounds on efficient shooting) D'Angelo Russell had a solid game with 22 points and eight assists, while Roy Hibbert was a complete non-factor with only four rebounds and one point in 16 minutes.
Off the bench, Brandon Bass, Lou Williams and Nick Young were the only players of note that had good games for the Lakers, as Bass finished with 11 points and six rebounds and Lou Williams had 22 points and three rebounds. Williams also knocked down four threes while finishing a +10 for the game. Nick Young went 2-3 from downtown to on the way to his eight points.
On a more curious note, Larry Nance Jr. played 15 points, yet only managed to come up with three points and three rebounds. It's something about those Lakers bigs man, I don't know what it is, but Roy Hibbert and Nance combined for 4 points and 7 rebounds (although Nance is reportedly dealing with a knee injury). But even then, they have a nice big in Tarik Black, so why not give him some run?
In either case, Kobe made his final appearance in Memphis, The Memphis crowd paid homage to a legend who has caused them so much pain, The actual game was a high scoring affair, and the Grizzlies were victorious. All is well in the land of the Grindhouse. The Grizzlies next game is in the City of Angels as they play the Lakers again in Staples Center on Friday Night. I'll catch ya then.