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Anthony Davis' big 2nd half leads Lakers past Grizz, 117-105

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers hadn't even been back on the court for three minutes after the All-Star break when Anthony Davis limped off with an injured leg.

With their superstar big man in the locker room, the Lakers played an ominous quarter wondering whether their playoff push had just hit some massive resistance.

Instead, Davis got his legs back under him and put up a monster performance that reminded everybody why the Lakers are atop the West.

LeBron James scored 32 points, Davis recovered from that early scare to get 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Los Angeles returned from the break with a 117-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Davis bruised his right calf on an opponent's knee shortly after the opening tip. He has been slowed by several knocks that turned out to be minor throughout the season - and after several minutes of treatment, he returned to cheers in the second quarter.

''The leg felt good enough for me to go out and give it a try,'' Davis said with a shrug. ''I just wanted to be on the floor to help the guys.''

He found his formidable game after halftime, putting up 24 points along with 11 boards and five blocks in the second half. Davis also led the Lakers' interior defensive efforts against the Grizzlies, whose well-known ability to drive to the rim only resulted in 14 blocked shots by Los Angeles.

Davis had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the fourth quarter alone as Los Angeles improved to 42-12 with its fourth straight win since Feb. 6.

''Another Defensive Player of the Year-type of night from Anthony,'' coach Frank Vogel said. ''He's the best defender in the league from a versatility standpoint. Especially against a team like this, where you have concerns about a basket-attacking guard like Ja Morant.''

Avery Bradley added 14 points for the Western Conference-leading Lakers, who finished strong after blowing most of their 25-point lead accumulated in a superb first half.

''Give the Lakers a lot of credit,'' Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. ''They came out and just kind of punked us in that first half. We weren't ready to play in the first half. Proud of the guys to fight back, pick up our activity and win the third quarter. ... Overall, just one of those games where we didn't come ready to play, and we've got to learn from this.''

Josh Jackson scored a season-high 20 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost back-to-back games in California after heading into the All-Star break with eight wins in 10.

''A lot of defensive guys threw different looks at me,'' said Morant, who scored 17 points. ''It's just what they do. I feel like everybody knows those guys are great defenders, but I still try to attack the game the same way. Tonight I missed layups. Missed a wide-open pull-up. Made some shots, and forced some. I could have been better.''

The Grizzlies erased most of LA's lead with a strong third quarter, but the Lakers hung on with a series of big plays, including a jaw-dropping rebound dunk by Alex Caruso off a missed free throw by Davis with 6:16 to play.

The Lakers improved to 3-0 against the Grizzlies this season. They meet again in Memphis on Feb. 29.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis signed G Dusty Hannahs to a 10-day contract before the game. He leads the Grizzlies' G League affiliate with 21.3 points per game this season, and he appeared in two games for Memphis earlier this season. ... Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Lakers: Vogel and the team declined to comment on multiple reports claiming the team will release center DeMarcus Cousins to clear a roster spot. Cousins hasn't played for the Lakers after tearing a ligament in his knee in August, but he had been rehabbing with hopes of returning for the playoffs. Cousins was in the Lakers' locker room before the game, but didn't sit with the team on the bench.

INJURED JACKSON

Jaren Jackson Jr. didn't play in the second half due to knee soreness from an awkward fall in the first half. Jenkins had no postgame update on the starting forward's condition, but the Grizzlies have the next two days off.

QUICK START

Although James, Davis and Dwight Howard were busy in Chicago over the break, the Lakers returned with impressive defensive focus across the roster. Los Angeles held Memphis to 15-for-38 shooting and forced 11 turnovers in the first half.

RESCHEDULED GAME

The game against the Clippers that was postponed by Kobe Bryant's death will be made up April 9. The NBA also rescheduled two additional Lakers games, and the moves mean they'll have to play at home on three consecutive nights in early April, just one week before the start of the postseason.

''We may stagger some of the guys that play,'' Vogel said. ''Some guys may not play in all three games. We'll have those conversations as we get closer to those games and see what the standings look like.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Stay in town to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Lakers: Host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41   Bad pass turnover on Ja Morant, stolen by Avery Bradley  
11:37   Shooting foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
11:37 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
11:37 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-2
11:16   Dillon Brooks missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
11:13   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
11:08   LeBron James missed jump shot  
11:05   Defensive rebound by Kyle Anderson  
11:00   Lost ball turnover on Kyle Anderson, stolen by Avery Bradley  
10:52 +2 JaVale McGee made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 0-4
10:42   Ja Morant missed driving layup  
10:40   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
10:31   Lost ball turnover on Danny Green, stolen by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
10:23   Dillon Brooks missed driving dunk, blocked by JaVale McGee  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
10:14   Avery Bradley missed jump shot  
10:11   MEM team rebound  
10:11   Jumpball  
10:11   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
9:58   Dillon Brooks missed driving layup  
9:54   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
9:41   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
9:35 +2 Ja Morant made layup, assist by Kyle Anderson 2-4
9:28 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Avery Bradley 2-7
9:27   Full timeout called  
9:13   Jonas Valanciunas missed floating jump shot  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
9:06   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:03   Defensive rebound by Kyle Anderson  
8:46   Lost ball turnover on Jonas Valanciunas, stolen by Danny Green  
8:43 +2 Kyle Kuzma made layup, assist by LeBron James 2-9
8:29   Shooting foul on Kyle Kuzma  
8:29 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 3-9
8:29   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:23   Offensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
8:23   Jonas Valanciunas missed dunk  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
8:14   Kyle Kuzma missed jump shot  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
8:00 +2 Kyle Anderson made jump shot 5-9
7:43 +2 Avery Bradley made floating jump shot 5-11
7:31   Ja Morant missed floating jump shot, blocked by LeBron James  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
7:27 +2 LeBron James made alley-oop shot, assist by Danny Green 5-13
7:08 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made reverse layup, assist by Kyle Anderson 7-13
7:08   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
7:08   Jonas Valanciunas missed free throw  
7:05   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
6:47 +2 Avery Bradley made jump shot, assist by Kyle Kuzma 7-15
6:32   Jonas Valanciunas missed layup  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
6:20   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:15   Defensive rebound by Ja Morant  
6:16   Out of bounds turnover on Ja Morant  
6:12   Offensive foul on JaVale McGee  
6:12   Turnover on JaVale McGee  
5:57   Shooting foul on Dwight Howard  
5:57 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 8-15
5:57   Full timeout called  
5:57 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-15
5:45   Avery Bradley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:41   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
5:33   Brandon Clarke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
5:21   Shooting foul on Dillon Brooks  
5:21 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 9-16
5:21 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-17
5:08 +2 Brandon Clarke made floating jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 11-17
4:46 +2 Kyle Kuzma made floating jump shot 11-19
4:34 +2 Tyus Jones made floating jump shot, assist by Brandon Clarke 13-19
4:22   Kyle Kuzma missed floating jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
4:06 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made driving layup 15-19
3:47   Avery Bradley missed jump shot  
3:46   MEM team rebound  
3:46   Personal foul on Dwight Howard  
3:46   Tyus Jones missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:46   MEM team rebound  
3:46 +1 Tyus Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-19
3:32 +2 Dwight Howard made dunk, assist by Kyle Kuzma 16-21
3:17 +2 Josh Jackson made floating jump shot, assist by Brandon Clarke 18-21
3:01 +2 Kyle Kuzma made floating jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 18-23
2:51   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:48   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
2:41   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
2:26   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
2:23   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:15   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
2:15 +2 Dwight Howard made dunk 18-25
1:58   De'Anthony Melton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
1:49   Lost ball turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Tyus Jones  
1:45 +2 Tyus Jones made finger-roll layup 20-25
1:29 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 20-28
1:16   Offensive foul on De'Anthony Melton  
1:16   Turnover on De'Anthony Melton  
0:56   Kyle Kuzma missed floating jump shot  
0:54   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
0:38   Josh Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:37   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
0:28 +2 Tyus Jones made jump shot 22-28
0:09   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:07   LAL team rebound  
0:07   Personal foul on Gorgui Dieng  
0:00   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed floating jump shot  
0:00   LAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47 +2 Rajon Rondo made finger-roll layup 22-30
11:30 +3 Gorgui Dieng made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ja Morant 25-30
11:08 +2 LeBron James made layup 25-32
10:43   Ja Morant missed driving layup  
10:43   MEM team rebound  
10:43   Personal foul on Dwight Howard  
10:38   Out of bounds turnover on Brandon Clarke  
10:24 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 25-35
10:03   De'Anthony Melton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
9:45   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:43   Offensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
9:38   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
9:18 +2 Gorgui Dieng made jump shot, assist by De'Anthony Melton 27-35
9:03   Alex Caruso missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
9:00   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:59 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot 27-38
8:33 +2 Gorgui Dieng made floating jump shot, assist by De'Anthony Melton 29-38
8:28   Shooting foul on De'Anthony Melton  
8:28   Rajon Rondo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:28   LAL team rebound  
8:28   Rajon Rondo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Kyle Anderson  
8:04   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:55   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
7:43   Shooting foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
7:43 +1 Ja Morant made 1st of 2 free throws 30-38
7:43 +1 Ja Morant made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-38
7:35   LeBron James missed jump shot  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Marko Guduric  
7:26   Brandon Clarke missed jump shot  
7:25   LAL team rebound  
6:59   Alex Caruso missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:59   LAL team rebound  
6:59   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
6:47   Full timeout called  
6:43   Jumpball  
6:43   Lost ball turnover on Ja Morant, stolen by Anthony Davis  
6:24   Kyle Kuzma missed floating jump shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
6:18 +2 Ja Morant made driving layup 33-38
6:18   Shooting foul on Kyle Kuzma  
6:18 +1 Ja Morant made free throw 34-38
6:11   Anthony Davis missed alley-oop shot  
6:09   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
6:06   Ja Morant missed layup  
6:03   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
5:54   Kyle Kuzma missed floating jump shot  
5:51   Offensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
5:45 +3 Alex Caruso made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 34-41
5:25   Kyle Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:23   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
5:18 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot 34-43
5:17   Full timeout called  
4:52   Lost ball turnover on Kyle Anderson, stolen by Danny Green  
4:50   Shooting foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
4:50   Kyle Kuzma missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:50   LAL team rebound  
4:50   Kyle Kuzma missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
4:41   Shooting foul on Kyle Kuzma  
4:41 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 35-43
4:41   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
4:30 +3 Avery Bradley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 35-46
4:18   Offensive foul on Jonas Valanciunas  
4:18   Turnover on Jonas Valanciunas  
4:06   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:02   Defensive rebound by Kyle Anderson  
3:53   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Anderson, stolen by Alex Caruso  
3:50 +2 LeBron James made dunk, assist by Alex Caruso 35-48
3:41   Personal foul on Alex Caruso  
3:41   Dillon Brooks missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:41   MEM team rebound  
3:41   Dillon Brooks missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:38   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
3:25 +2 Avery Bradley made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 35-50
3:00   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
2:58   Offensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
2:58   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
2:58   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:58   MEM team rebound  
2:58 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-50
2:50   Shooting foul on Brandon Clarke  
2:50 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 36-51
2:50 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-52
2:36   Tyus Jones missed running Jump Shot  
2:34   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:29 +2 Alex Caruso made finger-roll layup, assist by LeBron James 36-54
2:06   De'Anthony Melton missed layup, blocked by LeBron James  
2:03   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
1:58   Traveling violation turnover on Anthony Davis  
1:58   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
1:58   Tyus Jones missed free throw  
1:58   MEM team rebound  
1:47 +3 Dillon Brooks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaren Jackson Jr. 39-54
1:31   Bad pass turnover on Avery Bradley, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
1:24 +2 Dillon Brooks made jump shot, assist by De'Anthony Melton 41-54
1:11 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 41-56
0:50   Dillon Brooks missed driving layup, blocked by Avery Bradley  
0:46   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
0:40   Personal foul on Dillon Brooks  
0:40   Personal foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
0:40 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 41-57
0:40 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-58
0:25   De'Anthony Melton missed floating jump shot  
0:22   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
0:02 +2 Anthony Davis made finger-roll layup, assist by LeBron James 41-60
0:02   Shooting foul on Dillon Brooks  
0:02   Anthony Davis missed free throw  
0:02   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:00   Anthony Davis missed fade-away jump shot  
0:00   LAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +2 Avery Bradley made floating jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 41-62
11:30   Out of bounds turnover on Ja Morant  
11:12 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danny Green 41-65
10:53   Dillon Brooks missed driving layup  
10:50   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
10:50 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 43-65
10:28 +3 Avery Bradley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danny Green 43-68
10:18   Personal foul on Avery Bradley  
10:13   Dillon Brooks missed jump shot  
10:11   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
10:11 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 45-68
9:51   Bad pass turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Kyle Anderson  
9:46 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Ja Morant 47-68
9:46