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?
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.
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.
Memphis trails Los Angeles 60-41 at the half. The Lakers are shooting 49% from the field, and out rebounding Memphis 34-27. Memphis hasn’t found a rhythm to start a run. Will be an interesting second half.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 22, 2020
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.
After trailing by 19 at the half the Grizzlies have scratched and clawed their way back to within 7 headed to fourth quarter. A lot of positives for Memphis. Solid quarter for Josh Jackson.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 22, 2020
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.
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.