MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kobe Bryant became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in three straight games Thursday night.
The last Laker with three consecutive 50-point games was Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor in December 1962. Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain are the only other players with three straight 50-point games.
"It just feels great," Bryant said of joining Baylor, Jordan and Chamberlain. "It's really special and very humbling to be in the same company."
It was the fourth 60-point game of Bryant's career, tying him with Jordan for the second-most 60-point games in a career. Chamberlain holds the record with 32. Jordan was the last NBA player to score at least 50 points in three straight games, accomplishing the feat during the 1986-87 season.
Bryant will try to extend the run when the Lakers face the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. Bryant scored 65 points against Portland on March 16 and 50 against Minnesota on March 18.
Memphis had won seven of the past 10 against the Lakers and had split two earlier meetings this season. But with Bryant scoring from every spot on the floor, the Grizzlies couldn't keep pace.
Memphis took an 85-80 lead, its biggest of the game, late in the third quarter after consecutive 3-pointers by Mike Miller. But the Lakers battled back behind Bryant, who scored nine straight points during a 90-second stretch to put Los Angeles up 95-93. The Lakers never trailed again.
Bryant had 24 points at the half and 43 after three quarters against the Grizzlies.
Pau Gasol led Memphis with 35 points and 15 rebounds. Miller added 33 points and seven assists.
Lamar Odom was one of only two other Lakers to reach double figures. He finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lakers grabbed a 34-25 lead in the first quarter behind Bryant, who had 13 points.
- Gasol extended his streak of having at least one block to 28 straight games.
- With the University of Memphis playing in the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Grizzlies public address announcer gave periodic updates and the overhead video board showed stretches of the NCAA game during timeouts and at halftime. In the second half, the NCAA game was shown in its closing minutes before officials asked that it not be shown because it was distracting play on the court.