The Los Angeles Lakers had another crack at the Memphis Grizzlies but came up with the same result in a 112-95 loss. The losing streak for the purple and gold sits at eight, their second-longest drought of the season. Kobe Bryant did not play, resting his sore right shoulder.
The story was largely the same for the Lakers in their second-straight game against the Grizzlies. Defense was the problem once again, with Memphis hanging up 67 points through the first half. Zach Randolph drained a wide-open corner three as the first quarter buzzer sounded, which was as great an indication as any about what was in store for the Lakers for the remainder of the night. Matt Barnes decided to ease up on the Lakers, ending the game with nothing but a bagel, but Vince Carter got in on the fun this time.
Carter scored 19 points in just over 19 minutes off the bench, draining five of his seven three-point attempts. P.J. Hairston scored a team-high 21 points, with six Grizzlies clearing double-digit scoring.
D'Angelo Russell had another strong start, scoring a team-high 22 points on six-of-nine shooting. Russell did a good job drawing fouls, going to the line for 12 free-throw attempts. The Grizzlies went to the charity stripe just 15 times as a team as a comparison. Jordan Clarkson's hot hand finally cooled off as he missed all seven of his three-point attempts.
The Grizzlies took a commanding 20-point lead in the second quarter and never needed to look back, relegating the Lakers to the Marcelo Huertas-Robert Sacre flag of surrender in the fourth. The Lakers have three days without a game before hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.