Lak­ers edge Griz­zlies

LeBron nets 30, hits go ahead shot

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By TERESA M. WALKER

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — LeBron James and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers knew they would be tired play­ing their se­cond game in as many nights.

Ex­pe­ri­ence made the dif­fer­ence against the young and rested Mem­phis Griz­zlies.

James scored on a driv­ing layup with 1:30 left to put Los An­ge­les ahead to stay as the Lak­ers held off the Griz­zlies 109-108 on Satur­day night for their sev­enth straight vic­tory.

“We just kept our com­po­sure,” James said. “That’s what we do. We are a very re­silient team.”

The Griz­zlies had a fi­nal chance with the ball and 1.3 sec­onds left. Jaren Jack­son Jr. went sprawl­ing try­ing to cor­ral Kyle An­der­son’s in­bounds pass.

“I was go­ing to catch it and see if I had time to get a shot off or hit Ja (Mo­rant), who would’ve prob­a­bly been run­ning full speed right next to me,” Jack­son said. “Ob­vi­ously, we didn’t get to do all that.”

James fin­ished with 30 points. An­thony Davis added 22, Ra­jon Rondo had 14, Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 12 and Dwight Howard had 10.

Mo­rant led Mem­phis with 26 points. Jae Crow­der added 21, Jack­son fin­ished with 20, Dil­lon Brooks had 12 and An­der­son scored 10, mak­ing rookie coach Tay­lor Jenk­ins very proud.

“If we can play like that every night, we have our­selves a chance,” Jenk­ins said.

The Lak­ers showed the ef­fects of win­ning in Ok­la­homa City on Fri­day night. James made clear on so­cial me­dia he had trou­ble get­ting a nap with their ho­tel across the street from the FedExFo­rum, where No. 16 Mem­phis beat Mis­sis­sippi 87-86 ear­lier Satur­day.

“We’re lucky to get out of here with a win. Credit to the Griz­zlies for com­ing out strong,” said Lak­ers coach

Frank Vo­gel, who used earplugs to help him rest. “There young guys re­ally came after us, in the first quar­ter in par­tic­u­lar. Mo­rant and Jack­son are spe­cial tal­ents and they put us in a hole.”

LA never led in the first half and trailed by as much as 15 in the se­cond quar­ter. The Lak­ers got go­ing in the third and opened the fourth by jump­ing out to their big­gest lead at 94-87.

The Griz­zlies led 105100 on a tip-in by Bran­don Clarke with 3:24 to go. The Lak­ers scored the next nine with James hit­ting his layup for the go-ahead bucket, and Davis fol­lowed by tip­ping in James’ miss for a 109-105 lead with 53.5 sec­onds left.

Mo­rant’s layup with 28 sec­onds left pulled Mem­phis within a point. James missed a jumper with the Griz­zlies grab­bing the re­bound to set up the fi­nal try.

The Griz­zlies lost their third straight on a night they wore their Van­cou­ver teal uni­forms for the first time to cel­e­brate their 25th NBA sea­son along with a throw­back court.

Mem­phis led 35-25 after the first quar­ter and 63-55 at half­time.

TIP-INS

Lak­ers: Rondo played hours after the NBA fined him $35,000 for the foul that got him ejected from the Lak­ers’ win over the Thun­der for kick­ing guard Den­nis Schroder in the groin area. Against Mem­phis, Rondo also had six as­sists and three re­bounds. ... James snapped his seven-game streak with 10 or more as­sists, the long­est in his ca­reer, with just four as­sists. It was the long­est such streak for the Lak­ers since Magic John­son had 10 straight in 1990-91.

Griz­zlies: They hit their first eight 3-poin­t­ers be­fore Jack­son missed with 10:38 left in the se­cond. The team fin­ished 14 of 30, the eighth time in nine games it has hit at least 10 3s. ... Outscored the Lak­ers 52-46 in the paint and out­re­bounded them 4740.

As­so­ci­ated Press

TIED UP — Mem­phis Griz­zlies’ Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas (17) bat­tles for the ball with Los An­ge­les Lak­ers’ JaVale McGee (7) in the first half of a game on Satur­day in Mem­phis, Tenn.

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