LeBron, Kuzma lead Lakers to easy win over Grizzlies
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2018 11:55 AM
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
By Clay Bailey, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Memphis Grizzlies in a 111-88 victory on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart added 16 points apiece, while JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Wayne Selden led Memphis with 17 points. Mike Conley added 12 points while struggling from the field, shooting 4-of-12 on the night, as Memphis shot 41 percent overall.
The Lakers extended their lead to as many as 29 before taking a 91-66 advantage into the fourth quarter. By the midway point of the fourth, Memphis had not made a significant dent in the Lakers' lead and Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff emptied his bench.
Los Angeles built a big lead early as Memphis struggled shooting, most notably from outside. The Grizzlies made two of their first 13 three-point attempts.
The Lakers were willing to let the Grizzlies continue chucking three's. Los Angeles clogged the middle and closed off lanes to the basket, and Memphis was intimidated enough that the Grizzlies were inclined to pass outside.
The Memphis defense was nowhere near as effective.
Los Angeles held a 63-40 lead at halftime as Hart scored 16 and James had 13.
Lakers: F Brandon Ingram missed his second game with a sprained left ankle. ... Los Angeles will play the Grizzlies three times this season, including twice in Memphis. ... At one point midway through the second quarter, the Lakers had more offensive rebounds (12) than the total rebounds for Memphis (9). ... Tyson Chandler finished with 14 rebounds. ... The Lakers out-rebounded Memphis 57-36.
Grizzlies: Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 11 points each. ... The 88 points was just over Memphis' season low of 83 on opening night against Indiana. ... D.J. Stephens, a two-way player, scored his first points of the season on a dunk in the fourth quarter.
Lakers: Host the Miami Heat on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: Face the Nuggets in Denver on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).