MEMPHIS — Not much space available tonight (either in print or on-line) for significant game detail on the Lakers’ 115-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. (Andrew Bynum’s right knee injury took up almost all of the column inches). But it should not pass without noting that the Lakers won their second straight to start this six-game trip, rallying from a 13-point deficit in the first half to defeat the Grizzlies, 115-98. The Lakers improved to 37-9.
Kobe Bryant scored 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting and added seven assists. Pau Gasol scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Derek Fisher had 14 points on6-for-7 shooting, Lamar Odom had 13 points and six rebounds and Trevor Ariza added 11 points.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 23 points, and O.J. Mayo scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting. This was my first live look at Mayo, a former USC standout who entered the NBA draft after just one season with the Trojans. He’s very, very impressive, but also very, very raw. I liked his game. But don’t take my word for it.
“O.J. has all the talent in the world,” Bryant said of Mayo. “He has a tremendous amount of potential and a great work ethic. the sky is the limit for him.”
Anyway, the Lakers recovered from their shock at the loss of Bynum midway through the first quarter, rallying from a 13-point deficit. They blanked the Grizzlies for the first 5:57 of the fourth quarter while building a 100-82 lead. The Lakers outscored Memphis by 60-37 in the second half.
“Great disappointment,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of losing Bynum. “It took the wind out of the whole team, and that was a reason why we played like we did. Kobe is very disappointed about (Bynum’s injury). Obviously, he contributed to it, being the one who drove and fell back on Andrew.”
Now, it’s on to New York where the Lakers will face the Knicks on Monday.