March 4, 2009
NBA: LA Lakers 99, Memphis 89
Kobe Bryant needed just three quarters to score 31 points Tuesday and lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Sasha Vujacic also hit double figures for the Lakers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Lamar Odom had 13 rebounds, eight assists and six blocked shots but hit just 1-of-8 field goal attempts.
Los Angeles took control of this one early, using a 14-0 streak to forge a 32-19 lead after the first quarter. While the Grizzlies pulled to within 52-47 at the half and got within three early in the third period, the Lakers knocked them back down with an 11-4 run.