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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Grizzlies – Game 73 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (41-32)  |  Memphis Grizzlies (24-49)

 

Wednesday night, it was the Lakers vs Grizzlies in Memphis. The Lakers, on the second night of back-to-back games, got a triple-double from LeBron James and dominated the Memphis Grizzlies in a 136-124 victory. 

 

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Coming off an impressive double overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Memphis Grizzlies in the second of a back-to-back on Wednesday night. L.A. was looking for their fifth straight win.

While the Lakers got LeBron James back in the lineup, Anthony Davis was ruled out after hurting his knee and playing 52 minutes in Milwaukee. The Grizzlies have dealt with their fair share of injuries, too, and as a result, James and the Lakers were too much, coming away with a 136-124 victory.

With Davis out, the rest of the team stepped up, with seven players in double figures. Rui Hachimura was sensational with 32 points, including going 7-8 from deep, his career-high in made 3-Pointers. Taurean Prince led the bench mob, playing 23 minutes and scoring 15 off the bench.

Los Angeles is now 41-32, and this five-game winning streak is their longest of the season.

 

Lakers vs Grizzlies First Quarter:

 

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The Lakers started slow offensively against the Bucks on Tuesday, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday versus the Grizzlies. Los Angeles went on a 14-4 run early, establishing dominance and taking control of the game. Jaxson Hayes got the start in Davis’ place and had a pair of dunks early, although former Laker Scotty Pippen Jr. also got started early for Memphis with five quick points.

The Lakers were throwing a lot of lobs early as Austin Reaves was racking up the assists to James and Hayes. Spencer Dinwiddie then hit a triple to give L.A. its first double-digit lead.

After James and Reaves went to the bench, though, the Grizzlies got hot from deep, with Desmond Bane leading the way, cutting their deficit to 37-36 at the end of the first.

 

Lakers vs Grizzles 2nd Quarter:

 

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Defense became more of a suggestion than a requirement throughout the second quarter as both teams exchanged baskets. Hachimura became more aggressive in the second quarter, leading the charge with 16 points and helping L.A. go on a 14-4 run to regain control of the contest.

Hayes continued to punish the rim as well, ending the first half with 10 points, and James got going, scoring a nice jumper by getting the NBA’s youngest player, GG Jackson, to bite on a pump fake while the NBA’s oldest player finished in the paint.

Russell connected on another triple to begin the second, and then Hachimura got going with seven points, including a dunk and a corner triple. Reaves and Hachimura were looking how they looked in last year’s playoff series in Memphis, and both were creating easy offense for L.A. After a solid close to the half, the Lakers went into the locker room leading 69-61.

 

Lakers vs Grizzlies 3rd Quarter:

 

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Hachimura picked up where he left off to begin the second half, drilling back-to-back 3s. Russell then got in on the action, and suddenly, the Lakers were up 14. They continued pouring it on from deep, with Russell hitting another and Taurean Prince connecting.

James took a hard fall towards the end of the third quarter but appeared OK, staying in the game. He then had a steal and a layup, and then an assist to Dinwiddie for a 3, giving the King a triple-double.

Meanwhile, it seemed like the Lakers could do no wrong as they built a 27-point lead.

Not so fast, though, as James went to the bench, and the Lakers took their foot off the gas. The Grizzlies went on a big run to close the third quarter, cutting their deficit to 102-92.

 

Lakers vs Grizzlies 4th Quarter:

 

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With the Lakers needing to regain focus to begin the fourth, it, of course, was Hachimura to get them going with a three and a block. Jake LaRavia caught fire for the Grizzlies as they would not go away quietly, keeping their deficit right around 10.

With the Lakers in danger of blowing the game, they needed a strong start to the fourth to avoid disaster. Hachimura and Taurean Prince responded by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to settle the game down.

The Grizzlies never threatened to come back again, and with the Lakers up by 16 with 3:04 left, Darvin Ham took LeBron James out and essentially let the clock wind down.

The Lakers won the game 136-124 for their fifth straight victory and will now head to Indiana to take on the Pacers on Friday night.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Indiana Pacers on Friday, March 29th, at 4:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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