Lakers snap Grizzlies 11– game winning streak

NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers host the hottest team in the league the visiting Memphis Grizzlies for their very first meeting of the 2022 – 2023 NBA Regular Season at Arena in Los Angeles, California.

Again, the Lakers will try to win at home and it will be their fifth consecutive game at Arena, this time it will be the Grizzlies before playing away at home in their next game. The Lakers are 1 win and 3 losses in their last 4 games and currently sitting at 13th in the West with 20 wins and 25 losses prior to this game.

The visiting Grizzlies are on 11th - game winning streak, they are the hottest team in the league, currently the second best team in the Western Conference with 31 wins and 13 losses just behind the top seeded Denver Nugget in the Western Conference Standings.

In the game, the 1st quarter, the Lakers are mostly in control of the entire quarter they posted their biggest lead at 7 points and ended the quarter up by 3 points 26 – 23.

In the 2nd quarter, the Grizzlies had a 9 – 1 run, 32 – 27 up by 5 points before the Lakers finally made a field goal in the quarter. Grizzlies won the quarter 30 – 23 and up by 4 points at the half 53 – 49.

In the 3rd quarter, the Lakers regain the lead 63 – 62 with over 8 minutes to go in the quarter but the Grizzlies made their own run posting the first double digit lead of the game 81 – 70 and with the largest lead of 13 points, 88 -75. Lakers able to cut the Grizzlies lead into a single digit at the end of the quarter 89 – 81.

In the 4th and final quarter, the Lakers are just hanging there in the game, just keeping it close till the final minute where the Lakers cut the lead to 3 points after a made basket by LeBron James, Then Lakers once again cut the lead into single digit 118 – 117 after a made basket by Russell Westbrook with 23. 7 seconds left in regulation.

The Grizzlies and the Lakers made 2 clutch free throws over the next possession 120 -119 before Dennis Schröder made a clutch still that lead into a basket and a foul. Lakers up 122 – 120 with 7.6 seconds remaining.

The Grizzlies had their chance to extend the game into overtime but missed a crucial free throw that lead to Lakers win and Grizzlies ends their winning streak. Lakers 122 - 121 Grizzlies.

The Lakers win against the Memphis Grizzlies is perhaps the biggest win this season against a really good and young team, ending the Grizzlies winning streak into 11th despite being down by a double digit in the 3rd quarter, the Lakers also ends the Grizzlies 31 – 0 record when up by a double digit.

Russell Westbrook leads the Lakers in scoring with 29 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, LeBron James added 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Ja Morant for the Grizzlies dropped 22 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Lakers next game will be the Portland Trailblazer on the road while the Grizzlies visit the Phoenix Sun.