The Lakers came out of the gate with good energy and opened the game with an 8-0 run. However, they struggled to keep that energy going and the Grizzlies capitalized on their sluggish play. After leading 8-0 at the start of the game, the Lakers allowed the Grizzlies to go on a 20-0 run. The Grizzlies’ biggest lead was 12 points.
Fortunately for the Lakers, they have the ultimate energy guy on their bench in Montrezl Harrell. Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds off of the bench on Sunday, and posted a plus-minus of +12, which was only second to LeBron James.
Wesley Matthews was also huge off of the bench, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. In a season where depth matters, the Lakers have no shortage of it, and they flexed it against the Grizzlies, who were missing their two star players Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr, on Sunday.
Without Morant or Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies also didn’t have any answer for the run James and Anthony Davis went on in the fourth quarter, and that was ultimately the difference between the two sides. They tried their best, but there’s just no stopping James and Davis when it’s winning time — if there was, another team would have lifted the Larry O’Brien trophy in October.
The Grizzlies will get another chance to take on Goliath on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Lakers will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games. The Lakers are 5-2 on the season.