Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Monday, November 14th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 28th
Game 4: Saturday, February 11th

Lakers 94

(12-10, 8-5 away)

Grizzlies 79

(13-8, 6-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 14, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 22 23 28 2194
    MEM 16 21 15 2779

    Top Performers

    LAL: K. Bryant 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mem: M. Miller 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Kobe, Lakers finish stron road trip with win

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers' traveling show has been getting good reviews recently.

    Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and the Lakers completed a successful, six-game trek with a 94-79 victory Wednesday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    The victory gave the Lakers a 5-1 record on the trip and snapped a five-game losing streak in Memphis. The trip was the most successful for the Lakers since a 6-0 road stint in 2000. Los Angeles is now 8-5 this season on the road, compared to 4-5 at home.

    "Well, I'm just disappointed we didn't go 6-0 to be honest with you. We let one get away there," Laker coach Phil Jackson said, laughing about the lone loss at Minnesota. "No, we've been really fortunate with the way guys have been playing, especially on this trip."

    The Grizzlies dropped their third straight, their longest skid of the season.

    Bryant, who also had eight rebounds, connected on 10 of 17 shots from the field and missed only two of 11 attempts in the second and third periods. Los Angeles' 73-52 lead after three allowed Bryant to rest in the fourth quarter and watch the Lakers' reserves maintain the advantage.

    "Our defense is what we hang our hat on," Bryant said. "We did a great job. We got pressure on their outside shots. When the ball went inside, we did a good job of digging it out and contesting their layups."

    Lamar Odom scored 14 for Los Angeles, and Smush Parker finished with 13.

    Mike Miller led Memphis with 21 points, while rookie Hakim Warrick matched his season high with 11. Antonio Burks finished with a career-high 11 points and leading scorer Pau Gasol added 10, most coming in the fourth when the game was no longer in doubt. Gasol grabbed 12 rebounds.

    If Bryant's performance wasn't enough, the Lakers dominated inside, outrebounding the Grizzlies 48-38 and outscoring Memphis in the paint 48-32.

    "This hasn't been a fluke," Bryant said. "This isn't a one-game type of thing. We've been moving the ball consistently, and it hasn't just been this game. It's been the whole (road trip)."

    The Lakers used 14 first-half points from Bryant to build a 45-37 lead at the break. With Shane Battier, Memphis' leading defender, out with an injury, the Grizzlies relied primarily on Eddie Jones to guard the NBA's second-leading scorer.

    Bryant went 5-of-11 from the field as the Lakers shot 44 percent and led by as many as 10.

    Los Angeles extended the lead at the start of the second half. Bryant hit his first four shots -- part of an 8-of-11 burst for the Lakers -- to build the advantage to 63-47. Los Angeles led by 23 in the period.

    "He's going to keep shooting the ball until he gets his rhythm," Jones said of Bryant. "I think he got his rhythm going in that third quarter, and what can you do? You can't do much of nothing."

    For Memphis, it was the second double-digit loss, raising questions about what has changed from the previous week where the Grizzlies were on a six-game winning streak. Stoudamire said he didn't think it was an energy problem.

    "We need to find our trust factor again in one another," the point guard said. "It seems like on the floor right now, we don't have that trust factor. I think we're out of rhythm.

    Game notes

    Battier was not in uniform because of a jammed right index finger injured in Monday's practice. He had started all previous 20 games this season. His status is day-to-day. Miller started in his place. ... With Battier and G Bobby Jackson (right hamstring) injured, the Grizzlies dressed F Brian Cardinal, who had sat out the season thus far recovering from knee surgery. He played nine minutes and scored three points. ... Bryant has led the Lakers in scoring in all but four games this season. ...All of the Lakers scored, including rookie Andrew Bynum, the youngest player to ever play in the NBA. Bynum had a point in the final 2:38.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 79
    FGM-FGA 36-75 (.480) 33-77 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 16-26 (.615) 9-17 (.529)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-48 10-38
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 30 1

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 27
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2