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Kyle Kuzma leads 4th-quarter surge, Lakers beat Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Kuzma wasn't interested in seeing Los Angeles extend its losing streak.

Kuzma scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 on Saturday night.

''The fourth quarter, we just didn't want to lose,'' Kuzma said. ''The first three quarters, I didn't really shoot the ball very well. So, I just tried to lock in.''

Kuzma was part of an offensive burst that led to the Lakers outscoring Memphis 48-36 in the second half. It took until the third quarter for Los Angeles to recover from a quick Memphis start that contributed to a 17-point first-quarter lead for the Grizzlies. Memphis earned the advantage by scoring inside, 18 of its 28 first-quarter points coming in the paint.

''In the second half, we did a better job of keeping them out of the paint,'' said Lakers forward Julius Randle, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, adding: ''It's the same formula all year. We defend and we win games.''

Kuzma said it was a matter of shifting the defensive focus to protect the paint. ''Just making a collective effort to make them shoot (outside).''

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, and Lonzo Ball had 12 points and 10 assists.

Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with 20 points and nine assists. Marc Gasol had 18 points, and JaMychal Green added 17 points and matched his season high with 16 rebounds. Memphis, which lost its fourth straight, was stymied by converting only 5 of 29 shots from outside the arc.

''They're not a really good 3-point shooting team, so we played percentages,'' Kuzma said.

Los Angeles took the lead with an 11-2 run in the fourth, as Kuzma scored seven straight points. The rally helped the Lakers take an 84-79 lead, and Memphis would never get the lead back.

Gasol said the Grizzlies effort changed after building the early advantage.

''We started off playing with energy and moving the ball, cutting, sacrificing for one another,'' the Memphis center said. ''Then we got a little stagnant with the ball. We were not moving as fast.''

That change in approach led to the Lakers steadily whittling into the Memphis advantage as the Grizzlies suffered with poor shooting after making 57 percent of their shots in the opening frame.

''(The Lakers) were able to just shrink the floor and crowd the ball,'' Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''We didn't do the things necessary off the ball to help one another. We stopped cutting, we stopped moving the ball quickly and playing off the catch.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: Caldwell-Pope, who missed his first five shots, had a 4-point play in the fourth quarter to start the Lakers 11-2 rally. .Isaiah Thomas sat out with a sore hip. .Ended a seven-game losing streak in the series. Had not won a road game in the series since Dec. 17, 2013. ... Only eight players saw action for Los Angeles.

Grizzlies: Called up Marquis Teague from their G-League team (Memphis Hustle) on Friday. .Green also had 16 rebounds Monday at Brooklyn.

BEING PREPARED

The Lakers were fully aware that Memphis was coming off a 61-point loss to Charlotte on Thursday - the biggest loss in franchise history. And they were prepared for a fast Grizzlies start. ''It was our main focus,'' Caldwell-Pope said. ''No one gets beat by 61, and then comes out plays flat the next game. I hope not.''

NOT FINISHED YET

Despite the Grizzlies losing 23 of their last 24 and limping to the end with one of the worst records in the league, Gasol said he's not necessarily looking forward to the end of the season. There's still strides to make. ''You want to go into the offseason with a different feeling,'' Gasol said. ''You want to have at least a baseline and understanding of what you're trying to do and trying to accomplish as a team.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Wrap up a four-game trip Monday night against the Pistons

Grizzlies: At Minnesota on Monday night.

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Key Players
J. Randle
30 PF
T. Evans
12 PG
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
19.4 Pts. Per Game 19.4
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
56.4 Field Goal % 45.2
56.6 Three Point % 45.2
70.1 Free Throw % 78.5
  Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 0:01
  Andrew Harrison missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Jarell Martin 0:04
  Dillon Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
+ 1 Kyle Kuzma made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 Kyle Kuzma made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Personal foul on JaMychal Green 0:15
+ 1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
  Team rebound 0:16
  Marc Gasol missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:16
  Personal foul on Julius Randle 0:16
Team Stats
Points 100 93
Field Goals 35-86 (40.7%) 35-84 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 13-38 (34.2%) 5-29 (17.2%)
Free Throws 17-25 (68.0%) 18-22 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 59 53
Offensive 11 11
Defensive 33 32
Team 15 10
Assists 19 20
Steals 7 7
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 11 10
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Lakers 32-40 17351929100
home team logo Grizzlies 19-54 2829142293
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 32-40 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 19-54 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Kuzma PF 16.1 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.8 APG 45.0 FG%
A. Harrison SG 9.5 PPG 2.3 RPG 3.2 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Kuzma PF 25 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
A. Harrison SG 20 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
40.7 FG% 41.7
34.2 3PT FG% 17.2
68.0 FT% 81.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Kuzma 41 25 10 3 1 1 2 2 9/21 4/10 3/3 1 9 41 +7
J. Randle 38 20 11 1 0 0 3 5 7/15 0/0 6/8 3 8 30 -8
K. Caldwell-Pope 42 18 5 1 1 0 2 4 5/12 4/9 4/4 2 3 24 +7
L. Ball 42 12 8 10 1 0 2 3 5/13 1/6 1/4 3 5 39 +1
B. Lopez 34 8 5 0 1 1 1 3 2/8 1/4 3/6 2 3 14 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Kuzma 41 25 10 3 1 1 2 2 9/21 4/10 3/3 1 9 41 +7
J. Randle 38 20 11 1 0 0 3 5 7/15 0/0 6/8 3 8 30 -8
K. Caldwell-Pope 42 18 5 1 1 0 2 4 5/12 4/9 4/4 2 3 24 +7
L. Ball 42 12 8 10 1 0 2 3 5/13 1/6 1/4 3 5 39 +1
B. Lopez 34 8 5 0 1 1 1 3 2/8 1/4 3/6 2 3 14 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Wear 19 11 2 1 2 0 0 1 4/10 3/7 0/0 0 2 17 +14
T. Ennis 17 6 2 3 1 0 0 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 15 +6
I. Zubac 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 +6
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 100 44 19 7 2 11 20 35/86 13/38 17/25 11 33 180 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Harrison 36 20 4 9 1 0 2 2 7/15 1/5 5/6 1 3 41 -8
M. Gasol 33 18 5 3 2 0 2 3 6/16 0/4 6/7 1 4 29 0
J. Green 35 17 16 0 0 2 1 6 7/10 3/3 0/0 4 12 34 +9
J. Martin 37 10 10 2 1 4 1 2 5/13 0/4 0/0 4 6 28 -7
D. Brooks 35 10 2 4 1 0 2 3 4/14 1/7 1/2 1 1 19 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Harrison 36 20 4 9 1 0 2 2 7/15 1/5 5/6 1 3 41 -8
M. Gasol 33 18 5 3 2 0 2 3 6/16 0/4 6/7 1 4 29 0
J. Green 35 17 16 0 0 2 1 6 7/10 3/3 0/0 4 12 34 +9
J. Martin 37 10 10 2 1 4 1 2 5/13 0/4 0/0 4 6 28 -7
D. Brooks 35 10 2 4 1 0 2 3 4/14 1/7 1/2 1 1 19 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Davis 14 6 2 0 0 0 1 2 2/3 0/0 2/3 0 2 7 -7
W. Selden Jr. 20 6 2 1 0 0 1 2 2/7 0/3 2/2 0 2 9 -16
M. Chalmers 16 4 2 1 2 0 0 1 1/4 0/3 2/2 0 2 10 -4
K. Simmons 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Henry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Weber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 93 43 20 7 6 10 21 35/84 5/29 18/22 11 32 179 -35