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Grizzlies send Lakers to third straight loss

by Derrick Johnson on December 1, 2010

Thanks to 28 points from Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies downed the Los Angeles Lakers 98-96 last night, sending the two-time defending champions to their third straight loss.

Though they were down in the finals seconds, the Lakers had a chance to pull of the victory after Conley lost the handle on the ball. Kobe Bryant was able to pass to Ron Artest who attempted a three at the buzzer, but the shot was blocked by Rudy Gay to seal the win.

The Grizzlies lead by two at halftime, and were able to extend the lead to five at the end of the third. Having a lull in execution during the third quarter has been hurting the Lakers as of late, coach Phil Jackson said.

"Third quarters have been a real problem for us, coming out and having the right energies. Carrying the attack," Jackson told the Associated Press. "We start games relatively well. Our bench has had a little of a struggle right now, and that's the other denominator that's probably common."

It was a rough game for Bryant as well. Although he scored a game-high 29 points, he was a dismal 9-of-25 from the floor, including 1-of-6 from behind the three point arc. Despite the loss, Los Angeles' 13-5 record still puts them among the best teams in the league.

The win is encouraging for a Memphis team, which has struggled in recent years, and has not been to the playoffs since 2006. Gay, who finished with 14 points and 6 blocks, thinks that with a young core of defensively minded players, his teams is headed in the right direction.

"We all have aspirations of the playoffs. You have to play defensively every night," Gay told the news source.

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