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Russell scores 28, Lakers beat Grizzlies 108-103

LOS ANGELES (AP) There were many times when Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell would have let early struggles ruin his entire game.

Maturity can be a slow evolving game, but against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday he was able to shrug off his first-quarter troubles and rebound to score 28 points in a 108-103 victory.

Russell, 21, had four turnovers in the first quarter, but the second-year guard had only one more the rest of the game.

''I've seen more consistency in his professionalism and in his affecting the outcome of games, whether he's struggling or hitting shots,'' said Lakers coach Luke Walton. ''He had those early turnovers and before those games would kind of snowball and he would struggle the rest of the night.''

Three Lakers joined Russell's effort by adding double-doubles, handing the Grizzlies a difficult loss. They fell to 42-35 on the season, 1 1/2 games back of Oklahoma City for the sixth spot in the Western Conference with five games to play.

''These are games that could have seeding impact for us,'' said Memphis guard Mike Conley.

Conley overcame his own early struggles, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, but missed a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds to play that could have tied the game.

Julius Randle had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, while Larry Nance Jr. added 12 points and 14 boards. Thomas Robinson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, the first time the Lakers had three double-doubles in a game since Dec. 16, 2014 (Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis).

The Lakers outrebounded the Grizzlies 51-33 and forced six turnovers in the fourth quarter.

''I just thought they caught us by surprise,'' Memphis guard Tony Allen said. ''Their speed, their second-chance points, pick-and-roll coverages, 50-50 balls. It was a little bit of everything.''

Memphis picked up another 20 points from Troy Daniels off the bench, but no Grizzlies player ended up in double figures in rebounds.

''Our guys are tired of losing,'' Walton said.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Vince Carter, 40, was rested. He had appeared in 50 of the Grizzlies' last 51 games. ''He's running on fumes right now and giving me everything he has. I had to find a way to get him a break,'' coach David Fizdale said. ... C Marc Gasol missed his fourth consecutive game with a left foot strain.

Lakers: The Lakers continue to lead the league in scoring (48.1 points per game) off the bench. That could have something to do with having used 23 different lineups. ... After having started 10 consecutive games, rookie center Ivica Zubac missed his second consecutive game with a sore right knee.

OHIO STATE

Both Conley and Russell were point guards for the Buckeyes. Conley is in his ninth NBA season. Said Russell: ''That's my guy. He's one of the vets I've looked up to for a long time. He's really paved the way for a guy like me.''

PAINFUL WIN

The victory could actually prove costly to the Lakers. They are now tied with Phoenix for the league's second-worst record (22-55). If the teams finish tied, they would combine the number of pingpong balls for second and third and then split them evenly in determining lottery picks.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Travel to San Antonio to meet the Spurs on Tuesday. The Grizzlies are 2-1 against the Spurs this season, having won the first two matchups.

Lakers: In a slight scheduling oddity, both play the same team next. The Lakers are up second, traveling to San Antonio to meet the Spurs on Wednesday. The Lakers are 0-3 against the Spurs, having lost the three games by an average of 16 points.

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Key Players
M. Conley
11 PG
J. Randle
30 PF
29.9 Min. Per Game 29.9
13.3 Pts. Per Game 13.3
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
9.1 Reb. Per Game 9.1
45.2 Field Goal % 48.0
42.8 Three Point % 47.5
87.6 Free Throw % 73.8
  Team rebound 0:00
  Brandan Wright missed jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Brandan Wright 0:00
  Mike Conley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Julius Randle made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Julius Randle made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Mike Conley 0:05
  Team rebound 0:06
  Mike Conley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
  Full timeout called 0:12
+ 1 Tyler Ennis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
Team Stats
Points 103 108
Field Goals 40-80 (50.0%) 40-85 (47.1%)
3-Pointers 13-30 (43.3%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 21-27 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 38 57
Offensive 5 17
Defensive 28 34
Team 5 6
Assists 29 14
Steals 8 11
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 19 12
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
M. Conley PG 11
20 PTS, 3 REB, 12 AST
home team logo
D. Russell PG 1
28 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 42-35 27223123103
home team logo Lakers 22-5522282929108
Team Stats
away team logoGrizzlies 42-35 96.3 PPG 35.5 RPG 18.8 APG
home team logoLakers 22-55 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
M. Conley PG 24.7 PPG 3.3 RPG 7.0 APG 48.5 FG%
D. Russell PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Conley PG 20 PTS 3 REB 12 AST
D. Russell PG 28 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
50.0 FG% 47.1
43.3 3PT FG% 36.8
71.4 FT% 77.8
Grizzlies
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 36 20 3 12 1 1 0 3 6/17 4/11 4/4 0 3 49 +4
B. Wright 32 16 3 2 0 1 3 3 7/10 0/0 2/3 1 2 21 0
J. Ennis III 37 14 8 4 1 1 2 0 5/10 2/4 2/2 1 7 30 +6
T. Allen 33 13 9 3 2 1 1 3 6/8 1/1 0/0 1 8 30 -2
W. Selden 27 5 2 3 1 0 2 5 2/5 0/2 1/2 0 2 12 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 36 20 3 12 1 1 0 3 6/17 4/11 4/4 0 3 49 +4
B. Wright 32 16 3 2 0 1 3 3 7/10 0/0 2/3 1 2 21 0
J. Ennis III 37 14 8 4 1 1 2 0 5/10 2/4 2/2 1 7 30 +6
T. Allen 33 13 9 3 2 1 1 3 6/8 1/1 0/0 1 8 30 -2
W. Selden 27 5 2 3 1 0 2 5 2/5 0/2 1/2 0 2 12 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Daniels 31 20 2 3 1 0 1 2 7/13 6/11 0/0 0 2 28 -13
Z. Randolph 30 13 6 1 1 0 3 3 6/16 0/1 1/3 2 4 19 -13
W. Baldwin IV 15 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -11
M. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 241 103 33 29 8 5 14 19 40/80 13/30 10/14 5 28 193 -25
Lakers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 36 28 6 5 0 0 5 2 9/17 3/6 7/7 0 6 39 -9
J. Randle 36 18 11 0 1 1 1 0 6/12 1/4 5/6 3 8 30 -4
B. Ingram 23 13 3 1 1 0 1 1 6/11 0/2 1/1 0 3 18 -5
L. Nance Jr. 40 12 14 1 3 1 1 5 4/8 1/1 3/4 6 8 31 +12
J. Clarkson 35 7 3 4 0 0 2 1 3/12 1/5 0/0 1 2 16 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 36 28 6 5 0 0 5 2 9/17 3/6 7/7 0 6 39 -9
J. Randle 36 18 11 0 1 1 1 0 6/12 1/4 5/6 3 8 30 -4
B. Ingram 23 13 3 1 1 0 1 1 6/11 0/2 1/1 0 3 18 -5
L. Nance Jr. 40 12 14 1 3 1 1 5 4/8 1/1 3/4 6 8 31 +12
J. Clarkson 35 7 3 4 0 0 2 1 3/12 1/5 0/0 1 2 16 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Robinson 20 12 10 1 2 0 2 2 5/9 0/0 2/5 5 5 24 +2
T. Ennis 22 11 2 1 1 0 0 1 4/9 1/1 2/2 0 2 16 +12
C. Brewer 13 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 0 9 +11
D. Nwaba 15 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 0 4 +1
N. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. World Peace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Black - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 108 51 14 11 2 14 12 40/85 7/19 21/27 17 34 187 +25