Los Angeles Lakers (42-14) vs Memphis Grizzlies (28-27)
Regular season series now tied 1-1
Lakers welcome back team captain with open arms and win over the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98. They win the first away game of a two game road trip. Next are the Mavericks. No time to celebrate, only time to get back on the plane to fly over to Dallas and play against a very strong offensive team who just gained shooting power with the addition of the McDonald's straw chewing Caron Butler.
Now to Kobe. I personally had him scoring low as it was his first game back since February 5th. I was mistaken. He scored 32 pts, 7 rebs & had 6 assists. What a welcome back game for Kobe! He was tonight's leading scorer and ended the game in classic Kobe fashion by scoring the games last winning bucket, a 3 pointer to have a 1 point lead that silenced the Memphis crowd. The Grizzlies had several seconds to make a game winning shot but OJ Mayo missed his jump shot leaving us Laker fans jumping up with joy, still in Kobe shock.
One thing that may fly under the radar because of Kobe's antics is Dereck's accomplishment. D Fish walked into tonight's game just needing 3 points to have a career 9,000 points. He completed his objective by scoring 10 pts.
Pau Gasol won the sibling rivalry by having his 23rd double double game this season. He had 22 pts & 13 rebs. His brother Marc ended up with 8 pts & 11 rebs, just 2 pts shy from having his double double.
OJ Mayo was his teams leading scorer with 25 points and Zach Randolph was his usual self. He had his 7th consecutive double double night with 20 pts & 14 rebs.
Here is tonight's box score courtesy of Yahoo Sports! (Click to enlarge)