MEMPHIS (AFP) – Mike Conley had 23 points and Marc Gasol did a little of everything as the Memphis Grizzlies got back into the win column Tuesday by holding off the last place Los Angeles Lakers 107-102.
Zach Randolph delivered his sixth double double in eight games and got the putback layup in the final seconds that iced the victory for the Grizzlies, who bounced back after suffering their first loss of the season on Saturday.
Randolph finished with 11 points and 10 assists and Gasol tallied eight points, nine assists and eight boards for the Grizzlies who had to weather a strong fourth quarter rally by Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant found himself on the wrong end of history Tuesday as the Lakers star passed former Boston Celtic John Havlicek for the most missed field goals in NBA history.
Bryant missed a shot at 6:22 of the fourth quarter for his 13,418th career miss, giving him one more than Havlicek. He came into the game 13 misses off the record.
Asked about setting the record, Bryant replied, “Nah, I don’t follow that stuff.”
He said when you play in the league as long as he has you put up big numbers.
“Well, I am a shooting guard that has played 19 years. Like I said, ‘shooting guard, 19th year,’” said Bryant.
Bryant finished with 28 points but needed 26 shots to get them in front of a crowd of 17,618 at FedEx Forum arena. Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 20 in the loss.
Memphis received a valuable contribution from its bench as Beno Udrih and Kosta Koufos shot a combined 13-for-16 from the floor for 16 and 14 points, respectively.
The Grizzlies have now beaten Los Angeles in four of five games since the start of last season and are 7-2 in their last nine contests.
Memphis has now won a franchise-best 17 straight regular season games at home. They began the season with a 6-0 mark and suffered a 93-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday.
The Lakers dropped to 1-6 and are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history. Jordan Hill shot just six-of-17 from the field and Jeremy Lin finished with 12 points, three turnovers and five fouls.
Los Angeles was playing without guard Wayne Ellington who flew to his native Philadelphia after his father was shot and killed on Sunday.