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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Grizzlies – Game 81 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (46-33)  |  Memphis Grizzlies (27-54)


Friday night, it was the Lakers vs Grizzlies in Memphis. The Lakers struggled with a short-handed Grizzlies team in another must-win game before the start of the playoffs. L.A. came away with a 123-120 win.


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The Los Angeles Lakers went back out on the road on Friday night, taking on the Memphis Grizzlies in their penultimate regular season game.

The Lakers have their stars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, back in the lineup after dealing with illnesses. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies had 13 players out. It wasn’t as easy as it should have been; the Lakers were able to hang on for a 123-120 victory to get their 46th win of the year.

James scored 37 points with ten rebounds and five assists. Davis scored 36 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

No other Laker had more than 14 points; those came from Rui Hachimura, who found himself in foul trouble all night long. Austin Reaves scored 13 points. Gabe Vincent had vital minutes off the bench, including knocking down his first 3-pointer in his return.


Lakers vs Grizzlies First Quarter:


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Former Lakers guard Scotty Pippen Jr. got his team off to a quick start with a pair of layups, although Austin Reaves responded with back-to-back triples to put L.A. up 10-7 early.

The assumption would be that L.A. would immediately make this a blowout, but the Grizzlies came to play and weren’t to be taken lightly. The Lakers couldn’t grab a dominating lead as the Grizzlies kept it close.
The young Grizzlies did an excellent job keeping up with the Lakers in the first quarter, matching them basket-for-basket. With the game tied at 26, though, Davis led an 8-0 run to close the quarter to give the Lakers a 34-26 lead.


Lakers vs Grizzlies 2nd Quarter:


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James went into attack mode to begin the second, throwing down a thunderous dunk and then earning a three-point play. After a 3-pointer by Taurean Prince, the Lakers led by double digits for the first time.

James and the Lakers got careless from there; however, G.G. Jackson and the Grizzlies took advantage of some turnovers to get back within three.

Hachimura had an excellent response for the Lakers with back-to-back triples. However, turnovers continued to be an issue for L.A. as Memphis scored 38 points in the second quarter alone. The Lakers entered the halftime locker room with a slim 68-64 lead.


Lakers vs Grizzlies 3rd Quarter:


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The momentum stayed with the Grizzlies to begin the third quarter as the Lakers could not stop turning the ball over and seemed to be going through the motions. Meanwhile, Pippen and Jackson continued to connect from deep, giving the Grizzlies the lead.

The Grizzlies‘ lead kept extending, and the Lakers played very carelessly. It was another game where D’Angelo Russell disappeared as he couldn’t find his 3-point shot. The Lakers played from behind for half of the quarter.

Memphis built a lead up to nine before James and the Lakers started to turn it on. He connected from deep, and Davis made a few buckets inside, giving L.A. a 98-97 lead going into the fourth quarter.


Lakers vs Grizzlies 4th Quarter:


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The Lakers finally started turning it on to begin the fourth as James and Vincent hit triples, and Davis made a layup.

Again, though, despite the Lakers building their lead up to eight, the Grizzlies refused to go away. In fact, they took the lead back at 118-117 with a minute to play.

James had an answer for the Lakers with a scoop layup, and then they were able to get a stop defensively. After James was fouled and made a pair at the line to put L.A. up three, they got another stop, and James capped it off with a dunk.

The Lakers close the regular season on Sunday afternoon when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans in a game that will officially decide their seeding in the Western Conference postseason.


The Los Angeles Lakers will be home at Arena to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, April 14th, at 12:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.


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