With a dominant showing against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to follow up on that performance against a formidable Memphis Grizzlies squad featuring former Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol. The Lake Show didn’t disappoint with an impressive 107-102 win Sunday night.
Up until the midway point of the first half, the Lakers and the Grizzlies were neck and neck, with neither team conceding more than a four-point lead… that is until Brandon Ingram decided to turn up the heat, scoring 18 points in the half alone to help the team gain a 62-54 lead going into halftime. Ingram capped the night with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting along with seven rebounds.
The second half opened with an explosive 3rd quarter that saw the Lakers go on a 12-0 run to blow the game open with a 22-point lead. The Grizzlies fought hard and chipped away, bringing the lead to as little as three points, briefly scaring Lakers fans as it seemed the team was destined to squander the win.
In the end, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (who went down with an injury, but would later return) came up in the clutch defensively and hit the dagger that would keep the Grizzlies down. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and the key steal of the game. Brook Lopez continued his hot shooting as he led the team with 21 points and knocked down four three-pointers.
It was an all-around team effort by the team, which had six players score in double digits. The Lakers continue to show an affinity for sharing the rock, where they racked up 25 dimes in the assist department — a welcome trend that saw the team enter tonight’s matchup seventh-best in the league in assist per game.
Tyreke Evans led the way for the grit and grind scoring 26 points, while Mike Conley chipped in 23 points, and Gasol contributed a near triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
The Lakers take their very first win streak of the season on the road against the Boston Celtics. This four-game road trip will present an early challenge for a youthful team, and what better way to start it off with a win against their all-time rivals? We’ll see you Wednesday.