LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Grizzlies never led the Lakers -- until
After Damon Stoudamire's pair of 3-pointers in the final minute
of regulation drew Memphis even, the Grizzlies outscored Los
Angeles 10-2 to begin the extra period, then held on for a wild
100-99 victory Wednesday night.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who scored 45 points on 13-of-37
shooting, missed a layup in the waning seconds, teammate Chris
Mihm's putback rolled off the rim, and both teams were scrambling
for the loose ball at the final buzzer.
The victory was only the Grizzlies' second in the 20 games
they've played on the Lakers' court.
"Man, we're just resilient," said Stoudamire, who had 25
points and nine assists. "We've got a pretty good road record
(8-5), but tonight I thought what we did was pretty incredible,
considering that Eddie (Jones) got ejected, Shane Battier fouled
out and we still were able to pull this game out."
"We were able to wear them out a little bit at the end," Gasol
said. "Finally we rebounded and made some defensive stops toward
Said Memphis coach Mike Fratello: "I don't know if I could be
any prouder of the effort of our guys tonight. We have some real
pros on this team, some great attitudes. They hung in there, gave
themselves a chance at the end. We had guys step up and make big
Bryant, gashed over his left eye in the second quarter when
Miller pushed him in the face with his hand while driving, had
three stitches to close the cut.
Bryant was called for a flagrant foul with 8:24 to play for
elbowing Miller in the face as Miller drove again.
"Any player that was going to come down the lane at that point
in time, I was going to let him know that he just can't walk
through there," Bryant said. "I think we as a team have to do a
better job of establishing that. And me, as a leader of the
ballclub, I've got to take the initiative to do that -- and
hopefully, everybody will see that.
"This being our home court, people come here and think it's
Hollywood and all sorts of stuff, so they think they'll come down
(the lane) and look pretty and shoot jump shots and dunk the ball
and finger-roll the ball and do all sorts of cute stuff. And we've
got to stop that."
Bryant scored seven points in overtime and brought Los Angeles
within one point on a layup with 24 seconds left. But despite
getting the ball back quickly on a turnover by Gasol, the Lakers
were unable to score again.
Jones had 17 points for Memphis before being ejected for jawing
at officials with 6 minutes remaining in regulation and the
Grizzlies down by seven points.
Stoudamire's second 3-pointer in a row, with 28 seconds left in
regulation, tied it 88-all. Bryant then bounced an 18-footer off
the rim, and the Grizzlies' Dahntay Jones missed from 3-point range
at the buzzer ending regulation.
With the Lakers up 79-74 and 6 minutes left, Fratello and Eddie
Jones drew consecutive technical fouls and Bryant made the free
throw both times to extend the lead to seven points.
The Lakers' biggest lead was 10 points, the last time at 54-44
late in the first half.
The Lakers dropped to 6-7 at home. They're 9-7 on the road.
... The Lakers beat the Grizzlies 94-79 at Memphis two weeks
earlier. ... The Grizzlies won all three against Los Angeles last