The Los Angeles Lakers decided Sunday would be a peaceful evening in STAPLES Center, leaving their tanks back in El Segundo in a 108-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. They’re now officially tied with the Phoenix Suns, with a shorthanded Grizzlies squad to thank.
Mike Conley drained two threes in the final moments to make it a down-to-the-wire game, but Tyler Ennis hit two big free-throws with 11.6 left to give the Lakers a three-point lead they’d hold on to. Conley air-balled what would have been an overtime-forcing three, and that wrapped up the Lakers 22nd win of the season.
They’ve now surpassed their win total from the ‘14-15 season with just a bit of wiggle room.
D’Angelo Russell bounced back from a poor offensive performance Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers with a game-high 28 points to lead the Lakers. Brandon Ingram reached double-digits again, adding in 13 points.
The Lakers’ frontcourt did work on the glass with Marc Gasol out, and both Larry Nance, Jr. and Julius Randle notched double-doubles. Nance, Jr. finished with 12 points and a game-high four rebounds, while Randle scored 18 points with 11 boards.
Thomas Robinson got in on the double-double party off the bench, scoring 12 points with 10 boards of his own. He continues to turn it on as an energy player off the bench. The Lakers outrebounded Memphis 51-33.
A solid win for the team, a potentially costly blow to the draft odds, and it’s one strange end to the season we’re in for. The Lakers are off until Wednesday when they visit the San Antonio Spurs.