The Grizzlies, 9-2 in their last 11 home games, faced off against a short and short-handed Lakers roster, 6-25 in their last 31. The Grizzlies allowed way too many 3's and wasted away a 19 point halftime lead but eked out a 108-103 win. First Quarter: The Grizzlies had 8 players score in the quarter, forced 6 turnovers, outrebounded the Lakers 9-8, and finished the quarter on a 7-0 run. It felt like the Grizzlies should have a huge lead, but ended the quarter up a respectable 8, 31-23. 4 Grizzlies (Randolph, Prince, Conley, Lee) co-led in scoring with 5. The wrecking crew of James Johnson & Tony Allen came in with their typical high energy and seemed to provide a spark leading to that run to end the quarter. Second Quarter: The run continued into the second quarter, the bench having connected on 7 of 9 field goals en route to extending out to a 37-25 lead. After a 5 point mini-outburst by MarShon Brooks, the Grizzlies turned the D up a notch and Marc, Z-Bo, and Mike Miller pushed the lead out to 45-30. The Lakers struggled in half court but ran at every opportunity, and fast break points and three point shots kept the game from really getting out of hand for them. Mike D'Antoni seemed ready to exit the game via tech over an out-of-bounds at 2:39 in the half, down 58-43. The Grizzlies continued to build the lead as they closed out the quarter 65-46 for their best offensive half of the season. Wesley Johnson (12) and Tony Allen (11) were their teams' respective leading scorers.
Grizzlies squeak by short Lakers, 108-103
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