The Lakers handled the Memphis Grizzlies with relative ease in the first half, prompting the question: Why was it so close? Well, the Lakers shot only 43.8 percent. The Grizzlies shot 33.3 percent. Lakers coach Phil Jackson also spread the minutes around, keeping to his recent method of operation. No sense in wearing out his players just to beat up on the Grizzlies. Kobe Bryant scored 10 points to lead the Lakers in the first half. O.J. Mayo, a former USC standout, scored 11 to lead the Grizzlies.