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Evans 32 points lead Grizzlies past Lakers, 109-99

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tyreke Evans started his career by being voted the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 2010 after averaging 20.1 points for Sacramento.

The next six years were difficult. He battled knee problems and missed games, and his scoring average plummeted to 10.3 points per game last season.

But Evans is finding his game again with Memphis, which the Lakers could attest to after he scored 32 points Wednesday night to lead the Grizzlies to a 109-99 victory over Los Angeles.

''He's really good,'' said Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. ''He's been given an opportunity here that he hasn't been given in a while, probably not since his rookie year in Sacramento.

''We're depending on him to do everything. We all know he has the ability to score but his playmaking is huge because it gives his teammates confidence.''

Evans has taken over the starting point guard spot for the injured Mike Conley, and Wednesday he added seven assists and seven rebounds.

Jarell Martin added 20 points for the Grizzlies, who had lost four of five and were coming off their loss in Phoenix a night earlier on Tyson Chandler's dunk with 0.4 seconds left. Andrew Harrison scored 15 and Deyonta Davis had 14.

The Lakers, who were again playing without rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, lost their fourth straight.

Brandon Ingram scored 23 points, but the Lakers shot only 37.6 from the field and were just 21 of 33 from the free throw line.

''I just didn't feel like we were making the extra pass consistently and Memphis did a really good job of being physical with us and they clogged up the paint,'' said Lakers coach Luke Walton.

The Grizzlies blocked nine shots. Marc Gasol had three alone with his 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists as Memphis bounced back from the loss in Phoenix.

''It's just the way it is, you have no choice,'' Gasol said. ''You kind of lick your wounds and move on to the next game.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons, who's been battling a sore back and hasn't been playing in back-to-back games, was held out of Wednesday's game in Phoenix but played against the Lakers. ... Bickerstaff said he wasn't concerned how his team would respond after losing to the Suns on the late lob: ''It's frustration, but this team is resilient. It's a tough group mentally.''

Lakers: Ingram was cleared to play after missing the past two games with a right quad bruise and left quad tendinitis. With Ball missing his second consecutive game with a left shoulder sprain, Walton was grateful to get Ingram back. Said Walton: ''He's the best we have at putting pressure on the rim.''

EVANS ROLLING

He has started in his last 15 games and now leads the Grizzlies with a 19.4 scoring average.

''The coach tells me to be aggressive and it helps to look for your teammates, and that's what I was trying to do every chance I got,'' Evans said. ''I was going downhill, attacking and finding open guys.''

KUZMA OFF

Rookie Kyle Kuzma had been on an offensive roll. He scored 31 points on Christmas against the Timberwolves, connecting on 6 of 11 3-pointers.

But against the Grizzlies, he was just 4 of 24 from the field, going 1 of 11 from 3-point range.

''He shot short some of the threes,'' Gasol said. ''Most of them were good looks for him, I guess. It happens. It's part of the NBA. You have better shooting nights, worse shooting nights, and you just have to be OK with the shots you've taken.''

NEXT UP

Grizzlies: Visit Golden State on Saturday.

Lakers: Return to Staples Center on Friday as the designated home team against the Clippers.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
B. Ingram
14 SF
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
5.5 Reb. Per Game 5.5
41.1 Field Goal % 44.7
41.0 Three Point % 44.7
83.5 Free Throw % 65.7
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Clarkson 0:05
+ 2 Jordan Clarkson made jump shot 0:04
  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed dunk 0:05
  Offensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 0:05
  Kyle Kuzma missed jump shot 0:09
+ 2 Jarell Martin made alley-oop shot, assist by Tyreke Evans 0:20
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made free throw 0:32
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans 0:34
  Brandon Ingram missed driving layup, blocked by Jarell Martin 0:37
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:45
Team Stats
Points 109 99
Field Goals 35-71 (49.3%) 35-93 (37.6%)
3-Pointers 5-21 (23.8%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 34-39 (87.2%) 21-33 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 47 64
Offensive 5 22
Defensive 32 27
Team 10 15
Assists 20 14
Steals 3 5
Blocks 9 4
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 20 26
Technicals 0 2
32 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
23 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 11-24 24302233109
home team logo Lakers 11-22 1829292399
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 11-24 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Lakers 11-22 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Evans PG PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Ingram SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans PG 32 PTS 7 REB 7 AST
B. Ingram SF 23 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
49.3 FG% 37.6
23.8 3PT FG% 28.6
87.2 FT% 63.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 31 32 7 7 0 0 2 2 8/17 2/6 14/15 0 7 51 +22
J. Martin 31 20 8 0 0 2 1 1 8/10 0/0 4/4 2 6 29 +1
A. Harrison 28 15 1 2 0 0 1 4 4/12 0/4 7/9 0 1 19 +23
M. Gasol 32 11 9 5 0 3 4 4 4/10 0/2 3/3 1 8 29 +1
D. Brooks 30 5 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/5 1/2 0/2 0 1 9 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 31 32 7 7 0 0 2 2 8/17 2/6 14/15 0 7 51 +22
J. Martin 31 20 8 0 0 2 1 1 8/10 0/0 4/4 2 6 29 +1
A. Harrison 28 15 1 2 0 0 1 4 4/12 0/4 7/9 0 1 19 +23
M. Gasol 32 11 9 5 0 3 4 4 4/10 0/2 3/3 1 8 29 +1
D. Brooks 30 5 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/5 1/2 0/2 0 1 9 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Davis 15 14 4 0 0 2 0 0 5/6 0/0 4/4 1 3 20 +9
C. Parsons 18 5 1 2 0 1 1 0 2/5 1/4 0/0 0 1 10 +1
M. Chalmers 21 5 1 1 1 1 0 2 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 1 10 +6
J. Ennis III 13 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 2 6 -4
K. Simmons 16 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 5 -11
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 109 37 20 3 9 10 20 35/71 5/21 34/39 5 32 188 +50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Ingram 44 23 4 4 1 2 5 3 9/20 0/0 5/11 1 3 33 -4
J. Clarkson 37 22 4 2 0 1 2 2 7/17 5/9 3/5 2 2 29 -1
K. Caldwell-Pope 35 16 2 2 1 0 0 2 4/10 1/4 7/7 1 1 23 -3
K. Kuzma 34 9 8 1 2 0 1 4 4/24 1/11 0/0 2 6 20 -7
A. Bogut 12 2 9 1 0 0 1 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 4 12 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Ingram 44 23 4 4 1 2 5 3 9/20 0/0 5/11 1 3 33 -4
J. Clarkson 37 22 4 2 0 1 2 2 7/17 5/9 3/5 2 2 29 -1
K. Caldwell-Pope 35 16 2 2 1 0 0 2 4/10 1/4 7/7 1 1 23 -3
K. Kuzma 34 9 8 1 2 0 1 4 4/24 1/11 0/0 2 6 20 -7
A. Bogut 12 2 9 1 0 0 1 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 4 12 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Nance Jr. 19 12 9 1 1 0 0 1 5/7 0/0 2/2 5 4 24 -1
J. Hart 29 9 8 2 0 0 0 4 3/5 1/2 2/2 4 4 21 -4
J. Randle 11 6 3 0 0 0 1 2 2/5 0/0 2/6 1 2 8 -8
C. Brewer 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -3
T. Ennis 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 3 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 0 3 -6
A. Caruso 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -9
B. Lopez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 49 14 5 4 11 26 35/93 8/28 21/33 22 27 174 -50