The Los Angeles Lakers lured the Memphis Grizzlies into their trap, but late-game woes were too much to overcome in a 97-90 loss. The Lakers controlled the majority of the game, leaning on another strong performance from rookie Jordan Clarkson. LA's offense came to a halt during the final minutes, though, and a wild miscue from Wesley Johnson who committed an intentional foul with way too much time on the clock
Clarkson went on a rampage, scoring a career-high 25 points while having his way with the Grizzlies' defense. He played so well Zach Randolph had to ask his former teammate who that kid was during the game, as caught by the great Mike Trudell. Clarkson scored 17 points in the first half alone, coming out on fire. The Lakers played the free-throw game through the final 30 seconds or so, but Clarkson's turnover and foul at the 13.1 second mark put this game away.
Ed Davis was a perfect five-of-five from the field but was subbed out of the end of the game, replaced by Carlos Boozer. Lin scored four points along with three assists and blocks to go with it. Randolph had a big game for Memphis, handling the scoring load with 24 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds. Tony Allen scored 15 points off the bench.
Make it four straight losses for the purple and gold. The Lakers are off until Sunday when they face the Dallas Mavericks.