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LeBron, Kuzma lead Lakers to easy win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers weren't about to let fatigue get the better of them on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Lakers recovered from a loss Friday night in San Antonio to dominate Memphis, defeating the Grizzlies 111-88 on Saturday, led by 20 points each from James and Kyle Kuzma. James added nine assists and eight rebounds, while Kuzma had nine rebounds, six assists and a couple of blocks.

''At the end of the day, we're professionals. We come out, our job is to bring energy regardless of playing back-to-backs or 40 minutes or whatever,'' said Kuzma, who was among four Lakers starters who played at least 36 minutes in the 133-120 loss to the Spurs.

''You forget about (the loss) and move on,'' James said, adding, ''You can't let that harp on us, even though we played three great quarters (against San Antonio). You have to get ready, and that's what we did.''

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart added 16 points apiece, while JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Wayne Selden led Memphis with 17 points. Mike Conley added 12 points while struggling from the field, shooting 4 of 12 on the night, as Memphis shot 41 percent overall.

Memphis was coming off a win over the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday.

''We just didn't have it,'' Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''Early on, we got a little demoralized because we got some open looks, especially in that first quarter. ... From that point forward, we just couldn't dig out of that hole.''

By halftime, the Lakers led 63-40 and were holding Memphis to 43 percent shooting and 26 percent from beyond the arc. Los Angeles' dominance was particularly evident on the boards where it had a 36-11 advantage. Not only did the Lakers have more offensive rebounds (14) than Memphis' total, Tyson Chandler was one shy of matching the Grizzlies with 10 of his own in the half.

Los Angeles expanded the lead to 29 in the third quarter. By the midway point of the fourth, Bickerstaff emptied the bench.

Like the Lakers, Memphis players said they simply have to forget about the lopsided loss.

''We've got to bounce back,'' reserve forward JaMychal Green said. ''We can't play like this ever again this season. We had enough of those games last season'' when Memphis finished 22-60.

TIP-INS

Lakers: F Brandon Ingram missed his second game with a sprained left ankle. ... Tyson Chandler finished with 14 rebounds. ... The Lakers out-rebounded Memphis 57-36. The Lakers' 19 offensive rebounds were a season high for a Memphis opponent. That led to 20 second-chance points.

Grizzlies: Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 11 points each. ... The 88 points was just over Memphis' season low of 83 on opening night against Indiana. ... D.J. Stephens, a two-way player, scored his first points of the season on a dunk in the fourth quarter. ... Selden's 17 points marked the first time he has led the team in scoring this season.

TIME ADJUSTMENT

Because the Lakers' starters played extended minutes against San Antonio and the team arrived in Memphis in the middle of the night, coach Luke Walton said before the game he was considering a variety of rotations to conserve his team's energy. In the end, James played almost 32 minutes, Kuzma played 34 and Hart played just less than 36 minutes.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host the Miami Heat on Monday.

Grizzlies: Face the Nuggets in Denver on Monday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
M. Gasol
33 C
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
9.2 Reb. Per Game 9.2
52.1 Field Goal % 45.6
51.9 Three Point % 45.2
70.7 Free Throw % 73.5
  Offensive rebound by Wayne Selden Jr. 0:02
  Omri Casspi missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  MEM team rebound 0:04
  Shelvin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Shelvin Mack 0:11
  Isaac Bonga missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Offensive rebound by Isaac Bonga 0:26
  Moe Wagner missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:30
  LAL team rebound 0:30
  Moe Wagner missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:30
  Shooting foul on Omri Casspi 0:30
Team Stats
Points 111 88
Field Goals 43-98 (43.9%) 34-84 (40.5%)
3-Pointers 16-41 (39.0%) 6-30 (20.0%)
Free Throws 9-12 (75.0%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 69 43
Offensive 19 9
Defensive 38 27
Team 12 7
Assists 27 17
Steals 11 13
Blocks 6 7
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 22 19
Technicals 1 1
20 PTS, 8 REB, 9 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Lakers 16-10 27362820111
home team logo Grizzlies 15-10 1624262288
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 16-10 113.0 PPG 46 RPG 23.9 APG
home team logo Grizzlies 15-10 102.7 PPG 39.7 RPG 23.2 APG
Key Players
L. James SF 28.4 PPG 7.6 RPG 7.0 APG 52.6 FG%
W. Selden Jr. SG 5.9 PPG 1.4 RPG 1.3 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 20 PTS 8 REB 9 AST
W. Selden Jr. SG 17 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
43.9 FG% 40.5
39.0 3PT FG% 20.0
75.0 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Kuzma 34 20 9 6 1 2 1 2 8/16 4/8 0/0 3 6 43 +17
L. James 31 20 8 9 2 0 5 2 9/18 0/3 2/3 1 7 43 +21
J. Hart 35 16 4 2 3 2 0 4 5/10 4/7 2/2 2 2 29 +2
J. McGee 21 10 10 2 0 0 2 4 4/10 0/0 2/2 5 5 22 +2
L. Ball 22 4 0 2 2 0 3 3 2/9 0/5 0/0 0 0 7 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Kuzma 34 20 9 6 1 2 1 2 8/16 4/8 0/0 3 6 43 +17
L. James 31 20 8 9 2 0 5 2 9/18 0/3 2/3 1 7 43 +21
J. Hart 35 16 4 2 3 2 0 4 5/10 4/7 2/2 2 2 29 +2
J. McGee 21 10 10 2 0 0 2 4 4/10 0/0 2/2 5 5 22 +2
L. Ball 22 4 0 2 2 0 3 3 2/9 0/5 0/0 0 0 7 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Caldwell-Pope 21 16 1 1 1 1 2 2 6/11 4/9 0/0 1 0 19 +17
S. Mykhailiuk 23 11 3 0 0 0 1 1 4/8 3/6 0/0 1 2 13 +25
L. Stephenson 15 9 4 2 0 0 2 1 4/10 1/2 0/0 1 3 15 +9
T. Chandler 22 4 14 1 1 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 4 10 21 +22
I. Bonga 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 2 0/2 0/1 1/1 1 1 4 -1
M. Wagner 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/2 0 0 2 +1
I. Zubac 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 +3
R. Rondo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 111 57 27 11 6 18 22 43/98 16/41 9/12 19 38 221 +115
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 29 12 1 3 4 0 0 0 4/12 1/3 3/3 0 1 23 -5
M. Gasol 28 11 6 3 1 2 4 2 5/9 1/3 0/0 1 5 22 -4
J. Jackson Jr. 26 11 8 0 2 0 2 1 4/9 1/4 2/2 0 8 19 -3
G. Temple 18 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 3/7 0/4 3/3 0 0 11 -9
K. Anderson 26 4 4 4 0 0 1 5 2/5 0/1 0/0 1 3 15 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 29 12 1 3 4 0 0 0 4/12 1/3 3/3 0 1 23 -5
M. Gasol 28 11 6 3 1 2 4 2 5/9 1/3 0/0 1 5 22 -4
J. Jackson Jr. 26 11 8 0 2 0 2 1 4/9 1/4 2/2 0 8 19 -3
G. Temple 18 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 3/7 0/4 3/3 0 0 11 -9
K. Anderson 26 4 4 4 0 0 1 5 2/5 0/1 0/0 1 3 15 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Selden Jr. 20 17 5 4 2 1 2 3 7/12 1/3 2/2 3 2 31 -3
J. Noah 18 6 5 1 0 2 3 3 2/8 0/0 2/4 2 3 12 -20
S. Mack 22 6 3 0 0 0 2 2 2/6 1/4 1/2 1 2 7 -19
J. Green 18 6 3 0 0 1 0 0 2/6 1/3 1/2 1 2 10 -19
M. Brooks 11 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 0 3 -16
O. Casspi 12 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 1 8 -10
D. Stephens 6 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -3
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 88 36 17 13 7 15 19 34/84 6/30 14/18 9 27 163 -115