Grizzlies beat Lakers
Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Smush Parker added 20 for the Lakers. Bryant, who came in averaging a league-leading 35.4 points, missed 12 of his first 17 shots and finished 10-for-28 from the field.
It's important to notice that Bryant made a 3-pointer that triggered a run of eight consecutive points by the nine-time All-Star and gave the Lakers an 86-77 lead with 7:48 to play. But Jones' 3-pointer capped a 9-2 spurt and got Memphis within 90-89 with 3:53 remaining.
Fans could see that Bryant gave the Lakers some breathing room with a 14-footer, Kwame Brown converted an offensive rebound of Lamar Odom's long miss into a 3-point play and Bryant drained a 20-footer for a 99-95 lead with 1:07 left. But the Grizzlies wouldn't quit.
Actually, Brown tied a season high with 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out with 53 seconds to go. And Gasol sank both free throws, then blocked a shot by Odom at the other end and tied the score at 99 on a layup with 29 seconds left. But he missed a free throw attempting to complete a three-point play.
It is true that Brian Cook missed a 16-footer for the Lakers and Atkins made one of two free throws for a one-point lead with 3 seconds on the clock. Devean George rebounded the ball on Atkins' second attempt, and the Lakers had a chance to pull out the win. But Bryant was closely guarded by Jones and missed a long jumper he got off after the final buzzer.