The Los Angeles Lakers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter, fueled by Kobe Bryant hitting a few tough shots, but couldn't seal the deal in a 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Los Angeles cut the Grizzlies' lead down to three points with under a minute left, but a Jordan Hill long-two attempt early in the shot clock bounced into Memphis' hands, essentially sealing the deal.
Kobe Bryant broke a record tonight, missing the most field goals in NBA history, which he surely couldn't possibly care less about. Kobe struggled from beyond the arc, making just three of his 10 three-point attempts, and finished the night with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists. More importantly, he played 37 minutes as the Lakers tried to fight their way back into the game, and the Lakers play against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night.
Wesley Johnson finally had a "new Wesley Johnson" game, scoring 15 points and draining three of his seven three-point attempts. Unfortunately, this version of Wes didn't grab very many boards (two) or effect the game in any other meaningful way, but he did show some semblance of floor spacing for the Lakers' offense and was productive. He also finished a breakaway dunk late in the fourth quarter to cut the Grizzlies' lead down to three.
Hill finished the game with 13 points and 14 rebounds, picking up eight offensive boards. Carlos Boozer's night ended early after he fouled out in the fourth quarter, but not before he put in 20 points.
The Grizzlies' offense went dry in the second half of the fourth quarter, but they were able to put the finishing touches on the Lakers. Mike Conley led Memphis with 23 points. Beno Udrih scored 16 points off the bench, outscoring the Lakers' reserves on his own (14 points).
Los Angeles will travel to New Orleans tonight, facing Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in the second half of their road back-to-back tomorrow.