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Memphis drops their second straight game in Los Angeles

The Memphis Grizzlies fall to the Lakers 117-105

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies entered Staples Center 24 hours after a heartbreaking loss to the Sacramento Kings. It would be the Los Angeles Lakers in Memphis’ second game of a back-to-back. How would the Grizzlies fair as 10 point underdogs?

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Several minutes into the first quarter, the writing was clear that Memphis was still thinking about a heartbreaking loss on Thursday night in Sacramento. A loss where the Grizzlies defense was inconsistent and lacked fight.

Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis would head to the locker room with a calf injury within the first few minutes for the Lakers. With Davis down, Jaren Jackson Jr. would be the only starter to produce anything on the offensive end.

It would be the Grizzlies bench led by Tyus Jones in the first quarter keeping the Grizzlies within six points towards the end of the first quarter. After one quarter, the Grizzlies trailed the Lakers 28-22 at Staples Center.

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The second half would take another tough turn for the Grizzlies. Lakers forward Anthony Davis would return from the locker room, and LeBron James was playing like a man on a mission which is never good.

Memphis would get outscored by the Lakers 32-19 in the second quarter leading to Memphis trailing at halftime 60-41.

The Grizzlies needed to find some positive energy in the third quarter to take into the final frame. Memphis found this positive energy by cutting a Lakers 19-point lead down to seven. A bench unit that has been consistent the last few games picked up where the starters chipped away and made runs of their own. Memphis went on a 13-0 run at one point in the third quarter.

The Grizzlies would outscore the Lakers in the third period 36-24 and trail Los Angeles 84-77 after three at Staples Center.

The fourth quarter, the Grizzlies cut the Lakers lead to as close as five towards the beginning of the quarter. Following back and fourth between the two teams, the Lakers started slowly pulling away. Anthony Davis was blocking anything Memphis put up around the rim and then was getting to the free throw line on the offensive end took Memphis completely out of their rhythm.

Final Stats:

Josh Jackson: 20 pts, 9/12 FG

Ja Morant: 17 pts, 5/14 FG

Gorgui Dieng: 14 pts, 10 rebounds

The Grizzlies will look to end their two game losing streak Monday night as they will be in Staples Center once again, but this time against the Los Angeles Clippers.