Anthony Davis Leads Lakers Past Grizz Without Ja, 112-103
on Friday night. The Lakers move into ninth place in the Western Conference with a 112-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Anthony Davis had 30 points and 22 rebounds, and Dennis Schrder added 17 points and nine assists.
LOS ANGELES, (AP) -- Anthony Davis scored 30 points and had 22 rebounds. Dennis Schroder added 17 and nine assists. The Los Angeles Lakers moved up to ninth in the Western Conference after a victory of 112-103 over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rui Hachimura scored 17 points and Austin Reaves scored 17 in the sixth of eight wins for the Lakers. The Lakers are thriving despite the loss of LeBron James, D'Angelo Russell and LeBron James to injury.
Davis put in a stellar performance against the Grizzlies. He hit 11 of his 17 shots, and made numerous big plays down the stretch while sporting a bandage to his nose from a first half cut.
Jaren Jackson scored 26 and Tyus Jones had 16, respectively, for the Grizzlies who fell to 0-2 without Ja Murant in their third consecutive loss.
Morant missed his second consecutive game after the Memphis star apparently brought a gun into a strip bar on the road, and then showed it off on social media. Two NBA investigations have been launched into Morant, who is also the Grizzlies' top scorer. A Denver police probe has also been initiated.
Taylor Jenkins, Memphis' coach, wouldn't confirm when Morant would return after a two-game absence.
Jenkins stated that he and Jenkins are in constant contact with each other. He is still an integral part of our lives. We love him, as I stated the other day. We wish him the best. It is a healing process. If everyone expects that something will change overnight, they have to do their due diligence and be respectful. Ja will be in a better place professionally and personally, so putting a timeline on it is not respectful.
Russell, despite having gone through a pregame training session, missed his sixth consecutive game with an ankle injury. James was unable to play due to a right foot injury, so Russell sat with James. James has missed five games.
The Lakers went on a 17-4 run at the end of the quarter, with Davis performing well on both ends. Troy Brown Jr. scored 13 points and Davis made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:02 to go before Davis skillfully missed the last minute to win it.
Dillon Brooks scored 13 points in Memphis, while Desmond Bane scored seven points with 3-for-14 shooting. This was his lowest-scoring performance this season.
Pau Gasol's number was retired by the Lakers. The Lakers retired the No. 16 jersey of Pau Gasol at halftime to honor the Spanish 7-footer, who was traded from Memphis in 2008 and reached three NBA Finals. He also won two titles. Gasol played his seven first NBA seasons with the Grizzlies. He chose this night to retire his jersey because both his teams could be there.
Grizzlies - Brooks was reinstated from his one-game suspension due to an accumulation of technical fouls. He will be given more suspensions if there are more T's. Jenkins stated that Brooks knows he needs to improve. He must set the tone, but he also has to protect his team and himself. He must be careful not to cross the line too often, as every suspension is an offense. Brandon Clarke missed his second consecutive game after tearing his left Achilles tendon. Bane, who averages 21.5 points per games, missed nine of his first nine shots, and didn't score until quarter-end.
Lakers: Mo Bamba has been out injured with a left ankle strain. Los Angeles is left with Davis as the only taller player than 6'9. After scoring 13 points in a dominant quarter, Davis spent several minutes in the locker-room during the second quarter after his nose was shaved by David Roddy's foul.