Game Recap: Lakers Fight, But Lose In Final Seconds Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_85205" align="alignright" width="300"] Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] After losing 111-99 to the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers [caption id="attachment_85205" align="alignright" width="300"] Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] After losing 111-99 to the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers Rating:
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Game Recap: Lakers Fight, But Lose In Final Seconds

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After losing 111-99 to the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers open an important four-game home-stand against the Memphis Grizzlies. With the Lakers 4-6 to start the season, they will need to capitalize without Steve Nash for at least two weeks. While some anticipated Kobe Bryant would return tonight, head coach Mike D’Antoni revealed prior to the game that Bryant has only done light shooting and likely won’t return by Thanksgiving.

First Quarter

Both teams began the game with great energy as they changed leads eight times early in the quarter. However, the Grizzles got multiple defensive stops and were able to get out to an early seven point lead. Heading into the second quarter, the Lakers trail 24-17 as they only shot 30 percent from the field. Pau Gasol currently leads the Lakers with 6 points and 5 rebounds.

Second Quarter

The shooting woes continued as the Lakers were unable to cut into the deficit and the Grizzlies were able to extend their lead to 10. Midway through the quarter, Nick Young and Jodie Meeks made back-to-back threes to cut the deficit to only four points. With the Grizzlies having 20 points in the paint, the Lakers’ defense started to clamp down and Zach Randolph was rejected on two straight possessions. The Lakers would go on a 6-0 run to end the half capped off with a Nick Young jumper over Quincy Pondexter. At the half, the Lakers and Grizzlies are tied at 40 apiece.

Third Quarter

Both teams started the second half slowly, but the Lakers were finally able to get the lead with a nice post move by Jordan Hill. While the teams traded leads again, Pau Gasol registered another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds midway through the third.  With the Lakers looking for some offense, Jodie Meeks scored 12 points to spark a 7-0 run and earn a five point lead. Despite five turnovers in the quarter, the Lakers lead 66-63.

Fourth Quarter

Like the first three quarters, both teams struggled on the offensive end and continued to change leads. With the Lakers trailing by four points, Shawne Williams shook out of his poor shooting streak and delivered two timely three-pointers to help Los Angeles regain the lead. With less than three minutes in the game, the Grizzles would go to Randolph often in the post and gain a four point lead. However, Meeks would convert a three pointer to cut the lead to one with less than two minutes left. With a chance to gain the lead, Steve Blake missed a jump shot near the free-throw line and Hill received a loose ball foul. On the following possession, Randolph was able to get into the middle of the paint and pushed the Grizzlies’ lead back to three. With sixteen seconds left in the game, Steve Blake missed the potential game-tying shot off the inbounds play and Randolph was able to seal the victory with two free-throws. The Lakers lose 89-86.


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  • kobe24

    I don’t get the last play…Nick Young should have just made it and aimed for another 3… Whoever that came up with that plan is stupid

    • Chyeah

      I agree and the Grizzlies anticipated that well.

  • Sti1lmatic

    You win some
    You lose some

    Good game

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Damn describing how i feel would be too weird and funny.It’s another good effort but yet another loss in the column.Lakers have lost 4 out of 5 games and are now 4-7 overall.

    I hate watching the Lakers lose but at least they showed some serious effort and hustle tonight.They are trying their best but still losing that worries me a lot.I watch every Lakers game and it just bothers me when the team loses but that is just because i have been spoiled with so many wins from the Lakers that losses seem so serious.I would much rather talk about the good than dwell on the BS that is negative right now.

    So Jodie Meeks played like he was Walter Davis tonight,he reminded me of Walter Davis in a few ways.Jodie has that pure butter shot and his jump shot is so pretty.Jodie has bad games and good games but he has become a lot more consistent this season.Jordan Hill played hard but he had issues stopping Zach Randolph understandable as does every other big man in the NBA.

    Steve Blake played a solid game tonight.Nick Young did good in his minutes tonight.But a loss is a loss although i thought the Lakers defense was tremendous tonight,The defense was awesome tbh.MDA got these guys playing tough defense.Good job on defense tonight.Lakers lost but it is expected the defense will keep improving which is encouraging IMO.

    Go Lakers!

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Agree… specially the defense… from the way it looks this team has really made big progress on that side of the ball… there were just lapses in execution offensively in the last 2 minutes of the ballgame… so far we have had a brutal 11 games… i hope we get a little respite in the next 5 games or so.

  • Gregory Choa

    In what has become a recurring theme for this Lakers team, tonight’s loss was yet another example of lacking that go-to player in a close game in crunch time…aka Kobe Bryant. Not to put it all on him, but it’s so obvious that the missing link that is preventing this team from effectively executing down the stretch is Kobe. I would’ve liked to have seen the Lakers go to Pau more in the fourth quarter of this one, but it didn’t materialize for some odd reason, maybe because Meeks and Young were hot, who knows…all I know is that it kept them off the free throw line as a result. Conversely, when it got to crunch time for the Grizzlies, they methodically worked it in to their go-to guy in the post: Zach Randolph.

  • Jim213

    They lost, :< ::::::::

    This was the first game this season that the 1st unit suited the opposing starters lineup (style of play). Hill still had a good game but looks like the refs disregarded many of the hard fouls against him. Young also seemed to play better when the game came to him rather than throwing up strange looking jumpers too many times like previously. However, last free throw shot in 4th qtr?!

    Blake played a solid game while Meeks possibly scored a career high? Although, the 'what if' the ball wouldn't have been stolen from Meeks with close to 2:21 4th remaining on transition question still plays out.

    It's clear the team needs more offensive weapons which we shouldn't rely on Kobe to save the day. He should return when ready and management should make the appropriate moves (trades) to salvage the season. Currently I observe uncertainty with the team given their inconsistency as they haven't managed to win back to back games aside of the close ones.

    Otherwise, I'd doubt the attendance would improve though would get better when Kobe returns. Gasol had a solid defensive game but our go to guy shot 33%(4-12). SMH, but put up good defensive numbers.

  • Chyeah

    Looking at the Facebook comments its hard to believe that people are still mindlessly blaming D’Antoni for our losses lol. Our expectations are just too high for this mediocre roster and D’Antoni is actually not doing a bad job with this team. Another thing I’m worried about is the free throws, we were 6-11 from the free throw line and that probably would have won it for them (Grizzlies were 14-14). Watching this game it made me realise how much I miss Kobe, however when he does come back I’m worried he’ll work is ass off like he did last season just to get us into the playoffs (and that didn’t end so well for him).

  • hookedonnews

    If you had been able to have Nash (or obviously Kobe) on the floor at the end of the game, this would have been a win. Think things are going in a positive direction even with the loss. Hoping Nash can return and hold down the fort until Kobe gets back.

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