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Conley, Grizzlies dent Lakers' playoff hopes in 110-105 win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Lakers got a triple-double from LeBron James and 32 points from Brandon Ingram but still suffered another dent to their playoff hopes.

Mike Conley had 30 points including key free throws in the final minute, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 110-105 on Monday night.

The loss to the Grizzlies, in next-to-last place in the West, came two days after the Lakers lost 128-115 to the Pelicans in New Orleans. That game had James wondering if his teammates' lack of experience in the playoff hunt had them prepared for the pressure and grind of trying to reach the postseason.

This time, James, who finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, couched his comments with optimism, saying it is up to him and his teammates to continue their push.

''Just to stay positive and keep knocking on the door,'' James said when asked about improving through the final stretch of the regular season. ''I feel like if we play like we did (Monday), then we've got to continue that consistent effort to get us over this hump while we make this push.''

Kyle Kuzma finished with 22 for Los Angeles, which is tied with Minnesota in 10th place in the Western Conference - three games out of the final playoff spot occupied by San Antonio.

''I was very pleased with the effort and the togetherness of our group,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''I thought we got back to what we were doing earlier in the season. Unfortunately, we didn't make enough plays.''

Joakim Noah had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Avery Bradley scored 15 points for Memphis, which ended a four-game skid.

Memphis led 105-98 with 1:42 left, but a 3-pointer from Kuzma and layup from James pulled the Lakers within 105-103 with a minute left.

Conley converted 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch, and one Lakers possession ended with an offensive foul on James. An airball on a 3-point attempt by James with 16 seconds left gave the Grizzlies the ball with a 108-103 lead.

Bradley made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to provide the winning margin.

It was the first time that Valanciunas had been a part of a win at FedExForum since joining the team at the trade deadline.

''It felt really good and was really needed,'' the 7-foot center said. ''It's fun to play with this group.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 12th straight game with a left ankle sprain. ... With an assist in the first quarter, James moved past Andre Miller for 10th place in NBA history. James entered the game tied with Miller with 8,524 assists. ... Los Angeles shot 70 percent (14 of 20) in the first quarter, but trailed 34-31. For the game, the Lakers shot 45 percent. ... James had 10 points in the fourth. ... Ingram was 12 of 18 from the field, including all three of his 3-pointers.

Grizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said before the game there was no medical update on F Jaren Jackson Jr. (right thigh bruise) or timetable for his return. ... He also had no update on Kyle Anderson, who missed his 10th straight game with right shoulder soreness. Anderson sought a third opinion on the injury last week. ... Bradley was helped to the locker room with 2:22 left in the third quarter when he rolled his ankle in front of the Grizzlies bench after trying to block Kuzma's shot. He returned in the fourth quarter.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Noah, the Grizzlies' reserve center, turned 34 on Monday.

''I'm really happy that we got the win,'' Noah said. ''I got my people in the building too. And, you know, that's what it's all about - playing against the best players, beating the Lakers, competing, winning and just coming back to the locker room happy.''

ONE OF A KIND

Noah has brought a new energy to the Grizzlies. Asked if he had played with anyone as intense as Noah, Valanciunas replied: ''Uh, no. I've never played with a guy like this. I'm happy to be part of that.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host New Orleans on Wednesday.

Grizzlies: Host Chicago on Wednesday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
J. Valanciunas
17 C
19.3 Min. Per Game 19.3
13.5 Pts. Per Game 13.5
1.1 Ast. Per Game 1.1
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
51.0 Field Goal % 57.5
51.2 Three Point % 57.6
67.7 Free Throw % 80.0
  LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Avery Bradley made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Kyle Kuzma 0:09
+ 2 Reggie Bullock made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 0:10
  Out of bounds turnover on Jonas Valanciunas 0:12
  LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
  MEM team rebound 0:19
  Mike Conley missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Offensive foul on LeBron James 0:20
  MEM team rebound 0:26
+ 1 Mike Conley made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:40
Team Stats
Points 105 110
Field Goals 40-89 (44.9%) 41-93 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 10-27 (37.0%) 9-36 (25.0%)
Free Throws 15-20 (75.0%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 48 62
Offensive 10 15
Defensive 36 42
Team 2 5
Assists 25 20
Steals 8 7
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 28 21
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 12 REB, 11 AST
30 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Lakers 29-31 31252524105
home team logo Grizzlies 24-38 34272623110
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 29-31 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 24-38 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Ingram SF PPG RPG APG FG%
M. Conley PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Ingram SF 32 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
M. Conley PG 30 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
44.9 FG% 44.1
37.0 3PT FG% 25.0
75.0 FT% 82.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Ingram 32 6 4 12/18 3/3 5/6 5 38 1 1 3 0 6 +2 45
L. James 24 12 11 8/23 0/4 8/10 3 39 3 0 5 3 9 +2 56
K. Kuzma 22 4 2 9/15 2/5 2/4 5 34 0 0 1 0 4 +7 29
R. Bullock 14 1 4 5/11 4/9 0/0 1 39 1 0 1 0 1 +3 23
J. McGee 6 9 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 1 1 4 5 +2 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Ingram 32 6 4 12/18 3/3 5/6 5 38 1 1 3 0 6 +2 45
L. James 24 12 11 8/23 0/4 8/10 3 39 3 0 5 3 9 +2 56
K. Kuzma 22 4 2 9/15 2/5 2/4 5 34 0 0 1 0 4 +7 29
R. Bullock 14 1 4 5/11 4/9 0/0 1 39 1 0 1 0 1 +3 23
J. McGee 6 9 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 1 1 4 5 +2 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Muscala 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 11 0 2 0 0 1 -1 6
R. Rondo 2 4 0 1/6 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 3 0 4 -10 3
K. Caldwell-Pope 2 3 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 4 17 2 1 1 1 2 -10 9
L. Stephenson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 +5 1
J. Hart 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 -15 1
T. Chandler 0 4 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 16 0 0 2 1 3 -10 6
J. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wagner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Bonga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 46 25 40/89 10/27 15/20 28 235 8 5 17 10 36 -25 197
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Conley 30 2 5 10/17 3/6 7/8 0 32 1 0 2 2 0 -2 41
J. Valanciunas 20 13 0 8/15 0/1 4/5 4 24 1 2 5 5 8 +9 31
A. Bradley 15 6 3 5/14 3/8 2/2 3 33 1 0 2 1 5 +2 26
J. Holiday 6 4 1 3/11 0/6 0/0 3 35 0 1 0 0 4 +11 13
I. Rabb 6 5 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 2 3 +2 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Conley 30 2 5 10/17 3/6 7/8 0 32 1 0 2 2 0 -2 41
J. Valanciunas 20 13 0 8/15 0/1 4/5 4 24 1 2 5 5 8 +9 31
A. Bradley 15 6 3 5/14 3/8 2/2 3 33 1 0 2 1 5 +2 26
J. Holiday 6 4 1 3/11 0/6 0/0 3 35 0 1 0 0 4 +11 13
I. Rabb 6 5 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 2 3 +2 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Noah 14 12 4 5/8 0/0 4/6 2 22 0 1 2 3 9 -5 33
D. Wright 9 6 4 3/9 1/4 2/2 2 25 1 0 1 2 4 -3 23
C. Parsons 5 4 1 2/10 1/7 0/0 2 18 2 0 1 0 4 +2 12
B. Caboclo 5 5 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 3 27 1 1 0 0 5 +9 14
J. Washburn 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 57 20 41/93 9/36 19/23 21 236 7 5 14 15 42 +25 205