LeBron James Lakers Collapse as Grizzlies Excel with 23 3-Pointers

Despite star performances, Lakers' struggles continue unabated.

by Nouman Rasool
LeBron James Lakers Collapse as Grizzlies Excel with 23 3-Pointers
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In a stunning display of long-range prowess, the Memphis Grizzlies toppled the Los Angeles Lakers with a decisive 127-113 victory on Friday night. The win, marked by an extraordinary barrage of 3-pointers, highlighted the Grizzlies' resilience and the Lakers' continuing struggles.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led the charge for Memphis, sinking five 3-pointers and amassing a total of 31 points, while Marcus Smart contributed significantly with 29 points, including a season-high eight 3-pointers. This formidable duo, along with the rest of the starting lineup, accounted for 21 of the team's season-high 23 3-pointers, propelling Memphis to only its second victory in the last six games.

The Grizzlies' star, Desmond Bane, also shone brightly, scoring 24 points and dishing out 13 assists. Ja Morant added 21 points, underlining the depth of talent in the Memphis roster. Ziaire Williams played a crucial role in the final quarter, scoring 10 of his 15 points, which helped Memphis pull away from the Lakers, who were facing their fourth consecutive loss.

Lakers' Streak Falters

The Lakers, despite commendable efforts from LeBron James, who scored 32 points, and Anthony Davis, with 31 points, couldn't stave off their 10th defeat in 13 games since their In-Season tournament triumph.

The team has been grappling with a string of losses and injury woes, notably missing D'Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura in this game. Memphis, overcoming 19 turnovers, seized control in the closing stages of the match, launching a 24-10 run, spearheaded by Jackson's fifth 3-pointer.

The third quarter saw a moment of controversy when Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins received a technical foul for stepping onto the court during a scramble between James and Jackson. Despite the Lakers' recent challenges, coach Darvin Ham expressed confidence in his connection with the team's management.

Acknowledging the scrutiny that comes with his position, Ham emphasized his focus on the job at hand amidst the Lakers' slide. The game began promisingly for the Lakers, with James hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter.

However, the Grizzlies, led by Smart's remarkable turnaround from a 3-point slump, erased the Lakers' lead before halftime. The Lakers now face a demanding schedule, with 11 of their next 12 games in Los Angeles. This stretch will be pivotal for the team as they seek to rebound from their current predicament and regain their form.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies' victory serves as a testament to their capability to dominate on the court, especially from beyond the arc, signaling their readiness to contend at the highest levels.

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