The Los Angeles Lakers' were thrashed by the Memphis Grizzlies, losing 112-96 in a one-sided game to open up their three-game road trip. Memphis' offense has been sputtering all season, but a visit from the Lakers served as a belated Christmas present for Memphis to shred through.
The Grizzlies put up 62 points in the first half alone, ending the night with seven players notching double-digit scoring. Memphis shot 56.3 percent as a team, scorching the Lakers wire-to-wire. They led by as many as 25 points, and head coach Byron Scott put up the white flag early in the fourth quarter when it was clearly over. D'Angelo Russell was pulled with just over seven minutes left with Scott electing to close the game with Marcelo Huertas and a skeleton bench crew.
Kobe Bryant continues his trend of coming out hot in the first quarter, notching 14 points through the first 12 minutes. He ended the night with 19 points, having a quiet second half after sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters. Larry Nance, Jr. was a bright spot for the Lakers, tallying a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Julius Randle corralled a game-high 13 rebounds.
Marc Gasol had his way with Roy Hibbert all night on his way to 16 points, with Mike Conley adding in a team-high 19 points. JaMychal Green's emphatic block of Lou Williams was easily the highlight of the night for Memphis, with a volleyball spike at the rim that would make Misty May-Treanor proud.
The Lakers hardly looked like they had a chance through this one, only keeping it close early while Kobe made enough of his shots to make it somewhat competitive. Another day, another loss, and another game tomorrow