The Memphis Grizzlies took a quick trip to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers Tuesday night. Headlined by the exciting rookie in Ja Morant, Memphis started Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jae Crowder, and Dillon Brooks alongside Morant. The Lakers started LeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Danny Green, and Avery Bradley. In terms of star power, the Lakers had a clear edge, yet Memphis was riding high off the overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
Memphis would get off to a sizzling start, jumping out to a 14-2 lead, sparking a Lakers timeout just three minutes into the first quarter. Following the timeout, the Lakers chiseled at the lead quickly; the Griz called a timeout at 5:40 in the first quarter, up just 17-12. Anthony Davis carried the Lakers offensively, scoring 16 points in the first quarter with Memphis having no answer for him. Jaren Jackson Jr. was sideline just six minutes into the game after picking up his second foul. Despite Davis’ efforts, the Grizzlies would be up 32-27 after one quarter, a team effort on both ends of the floor. Memphis has won every first quarter so far this season.
The Lakers struck back to start the second quarter; Lebron James started to take over on the offensive end, both scoring and facilitating. Memphis would call a timeout with 8:38 left in the half, up just 36-35. The mighty Ja Morant struggled throughout the first half, tallying just as many turnovers as points with three each. JJJ picked up his third foul with 7:30 left in the half, playing just seven minutes in the first half. The Lakers would tie the game at 41 at the 4:34 mark, quickly grabbing their first lead 43-41 at 4:25 left in the first half. Memphis grabbed back a 45-43 lead at 3:06, sparking a Laker timeout. Turnovers continued to be an issue for the Grizzlies, racking up 12 in the half. Anthony Davis tipped in a last second bucket to end the half, giving the Lakers a 49-47 lead. Davis led all scorers with 20 first half points. Memphis was lead by Grayson Allen with nine points.
Ja Morant hit a three to start the third quarter giving Memphis at 52-49 lead. JJJ would pick up his fourth foul at the 9:05 mark, sending him to the bench until the two minute mark left in the third quarter. He would get in for 10 seconds and pick up his fifth foul and be sent back to the bench. The game would be back-n-forth through the first six minutes of the third quarter; Memphis would lead 65-62 at 6:46. JaVale McGee committed a flagrant foul on Jonas Valanciunas at 5:47, he would make both free throws, giving Memphis a 67-66 lead. That would be last time Memphis would score in the quarter.
The best way to sum up the rest of the quarter is to say that Anthony Davis shot a lot of free throws. He shot 26 free throws through the first three quarters, 18 in the third quarter alone, going 26-27 from the line. He ended the quarter with 40 points. The Lakers would end the quarter on a 29-2 run, most of them being Davis free throws. LA would have the lead 88-67 after the third quarter.
The Grizzlies offense just simply stopped, there was no flow or plan. On the other end, the Lakers took the ball right to the rim leading to lay ups or fouls. The fourth quarter was a sprint to get the game over with, there was little to report other than a patented Lebron James chase-down block. Oh, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a nice fourth quarter with 11 in the quarter. The Lakers would win this one in a landslide 120-91. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 40 points and 20 rebounds, he would finished the game 7-17 and 26-27 from the free throw line. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 16 points on 6-13 from the floor.
Memphis will face the Lakers again on November 23rd at home. They return to action this Saturday at home against the Phoenix Suns.