ESPN: Kobe Bryant scored 44 points, passing Jerry West as the Los Angeles Lakers’ career scorer, but it wasn’t enough as the Memphis Grizzlies got 22 points and 17 rebounds from Zach Randolph to defeat the Lakers 95-93 on Monday night.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 25 points, and his 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds left helped Memphis end its two-game losing streak.

Ron Artest’s 3-point attempt from the right side bounced high off the rim as the horn sounded, snapping the Lakers’ four-game winning streak.

Bryant passed West’s mark on a breakaway dunk in the third quarter. Bryant made 16 of 28 shots, including 4 of 7 outside the arc. Artest added 18 points, while Pau Gasol had 10 points.

Lester Hudson had 13 points for Memphis, and Marc Gasol finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

While Bryant got the franchise record for scoring, the loss prevented Lakers coach Phil Jackson from passing Pat Riley as the winningest coach in regular-season games for Los Angeles. The two are tied at 533.

The game was tied at 88, when Memphis ran the shot clock to near the end before Randolph made a 22-footer for a 90-88 lead with 1:08 left. His two free throws extended the lead to 92-88. Bryant scored on a drive before Gay’s 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds left gave Memphis a 95-90 lead, and the Grizzlies held on.

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  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    As long as the Lakers got the important win in Boston, this loss doesnt mean crap. Lakers hit the wall more last year than they did this year but winning in Boston is waayy more important than winning in Memphis. What does beating Grizzlies prove to the NBA?

    • jake90000

      r u kidding me? ur satisfied with a 1point win that could have gone either way. Its exactly y u should beat the grizz bcuz theyre teams u have to beat considering theyre above .500. if rays shot goes in, then we lose today (bynum and pau got owned by brother gasol and randolph and fish cont. to prove he doesnt have much left to offer) wut would u say??????
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      i hope u know we play the (unbeatable to the lakers) bobcats next and have a tough 5 games approaching with cleveland showing no signs of losing anytime soon. Lakers need to improve and need help from their bench. I dont see this team repeating with this roster (no im not just saying it after a loss). The cavs get so much contribution while were stuck with an 8 man rotation (7 cuz of fisher). we cant win like that. Its also y our offense has dipped in comparison to last season.

      • berkyberks

        tradeodom.com.la his overrated!
        I’m fine with gasol, don’t worry on fisher mitch is going to offer him a coaching staff just like brian shaw, I bet yah!

        • proemb

          YES! TradeOdumb.com Somebody please start this…

    • berkyberks

      I’m with you! people here got pissed of the lost co’z their thingking that the cavs owns the standing. And now that it’s gone we have to move on and we’re still leading the west by 5 games. Remember last year that where second on the cavs and lefrog winning the mvp,but they fall and we won! dejavu!

      • jake90000

        dont get stuck on the past. that was last year and lebron has a better team now ( a team that beat US twice). Im pretty sure hell get to the finals this year and if he has hmcrt advantage u never know…

        • berkyberks

          oh you seems so afraid now? I don’t have that feeling for the cavs. But i a worried of the celts! nothing else! We just lose to the cavs cause kobe is not a 100% healthy

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          Wow, you say dont talk about the past and yet you contradict your very words by saying the Lakers cant beat the Bobcats (cause they lost in the PAST). Well Done!

  • mystified

    what does losing prove?

  • drive-for-16th

    fuk we shouldn’t have lost man

  • lakershow2010

    pau gasoft = puss.y

    • 09champs!

      lakers win= Pau Gasol: Greatest compliment to Kobe, All-Star.
      lakers lose= Pau Gasoft, girly.

      Im getting tired of this called ´laker fans´, that´s why we are considered one of the wost fans in the world, because of people like you who cant stand 1 lost game without bashing a team.

      Do you think that when boston loses, boston fans start calling garnett a pussy? or cleveland telling Mo a fool?

      C´mon guys,, you make us the real fans look bad.

      • berkyberks

        that’s the way it work’s! it’s called frustration,

      • lakerman1

        You should read trhe Boston Globe.

  • lakershow2010

    bring on someone who knows how pass the ball..neither farmar nor shannon pass..we dont need two fckin ball hogs from the stench…i like brown’s dunks..but lets face it, he can’t dribble worth beans

  • NameyName

    Just thrilled Bynum is still with us.

    • pauer

      Seriously, I would rather have a loss to Memphis than a loss of Andrew Bynum

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  • j.dizzle

    i guess some ppl dont want HCA cuz LA should of atleast went 7-1 on this road trip..They gave that Toronto game away & played like they were already on the plane going home tonight..I understand they were probably tired but thats no excuse when your making millions of dollars a year to run & shoot a basketball..Dont even get me started with Fish..2 pts 0 assists & 0 rebounds today hahahaha what the hell kind of starting PG is that????

  • berkyberks

    I never seen kobe being aggressive that way for a long time when he scores 11 straight point for la to bring it back to just 2points on half time. I was thingking if he wanted to wake his teamate up or just to educate mayo..I felt mayo wanted to best him?Anyway all night it was kobe and ron who has the heart. KOBE surpasses the logo but he gave respect and tribute to him by scoring “44″how I wonder why he don’t take the last shot hahaha just kidding!

    I have two suggestions to TLN mngmt. somebody has to make tradeodom.com.la, and have a new NBA logo making contest hehehe just for FUN!

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  • sopi

    kobe the all time scoring leader for the lakers should have taken the last shot instead of ron…..i like kobe’s chances better…….its cool to make that play anytime during the game, but when the game is on the line, you gotta do that mamba attack, one shot on the neck to seal the deal

    • http://myspace.com/taeyongpark Day

      You say that now but if he took it and missed it there would be 20 comments here saying “why’d he shoot with 3 guys on him? such a ballhog” and etc etc =\

      • lakerman1

        Kobe made the right play. If their was any chance of him making that shot he would have taken it. Ron was pretty good with the 3 last night the ball just bounced off the back of the rim. I just did not like what i saw from the rest of the team. Phil should have just played the rest of the bench because i am sure their buts are sore from warming it.

        • lakerman1

          And Ron was wide open because no way were they going to let Kobe beat them. They saw the Boston Game also.

          • berkyberks

            just like john or rick barry said if I’m right take the ball on kobe’s hand, make other take the last shot and memphis had a good job on that one.

  • proemb

    On behalf of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Laker haters around the world, we would like to extend our appreciation to Lamar Odumb. Thanks for a job well done! Keep up the good work…

  • drive-for-16th

    ANDREW HAD 3 SHOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHAAAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????

    • lakerman1

      I thought Andrew positioned himself too far from the Basket and except for the one dunk he looked tentatived.

  • Jim

    I almost expected this to be a loss tonight, after the big emotional win over the Beantown Bums. Normally after a loss, I would be really upset right now. But after yesterday’s HUGE win Sunday afternoon, I was surprisingly calm for some reason. I just wanted to beat Boston so bad, that I said to myself, if we lose tonight, I’m not gonna freak out, I’m still reveling in the glory of the win on Sunday.

    Boston had to feel like the guy that’s running a marathon and leading the pack, and then just about the time he’s gonna cross the finish line, somebody runs out and kicks him in the crotch. That win was a beautiful thing.

    Look at that mountain, look at those trees, look at those Beantown Bums, man they’re down on their knees…….
    I LOVE LA

    • jake90000

      itd b funny that as a result of that loss the c’s make a trade and get better. Were not THAT good and can lose any given night (i’ve explained y above). We barely beat hobbled “beantown bums”….

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Its funny how these so called “fans” lose it and cant seem to calm down after a loss.
    I dont like losses either but hey, you cant go through a whole season without losing. It will happen and if you truly cant stand losing then dont watch the NBA. Either that or calm down and accept defeat and give respect where its due. This Memphis team has a Gasol in his prime, an All Star in Randolph and the future Kobe in Mayo. Give them credit for pulling out a win against the champs.
    Teams play harder against the champs cause they use that game as a measurement of where they are at and how they need to play against them. Each team has something to prove against the Lakers.

  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    i also think losses are good for us.it shows us where we need to improve an builds more personality.its good for team work and chemistry.that we need before the playoffs when it counts..it lets us know where problems are..and what needs to be done,sometime its the reason something gets done. go lakers!!!!

  • Robert

    The Lakers will handle the Griz next time around. Again, it’s all about ‘adjustment’. They will learn what they need to do for the next game. They won’t lose any more games to the Griz.
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    I think this is part of Phil’s strategy. Don’t get floored by a loss like this. Just learn from it for the next game.
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    This philosophy also works if we meet the Cavs in the Finals. We have 2 games that can be used to study how the Cavs beat us. They don’t ave to adjust because they won. Just like the Magic last year. They didn’t have any strategy for adjusting – just play the way they did when they won.
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    In the meantime, the Lakers (Phil) will study what it takes to break them down – he’ll look for the holes.
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    We’re all set. This is just a ‘blip’ in the season.

    • berkyberks

      there is only 2 reasons why we lose to the cavs. lamar is a blame overated inconsistent laker of all time and two kobe is not 100% healthy on that 2 games yet he still fought that games! G.L.O.A.T. (greatest laker of all time).

    • ilikebasketball

      makes sense, considering he kept kobe out till about the 5 and a half mark

  • Leo

    Unlike the Cleveland game or some other games this season, I didn’t feel sad or even angry after this loss…I just felt like I was in some kind of weird haze. We shouldn’t have lost that game, period.

    It kind of irks me, but I know that if Kobe went up with the shot, it would have definitely went in.

    • berkyberks

      I don’t really mad about loosing to the griz co’z I know we can beat them anytime.I just like the griz team as well cause they are a humble team no arrogant player as far as I know, and they are the team that makes as a better team for giving pau. The only loss that I got pissed is the 2 losses from cavs and on portland and clippers by 15 points and more.

      • TheLakerGenera11

        Srry I didn’t even read these prev post I agree wit u guys which is how I know we real fans think alike it was like yea im dissatisfied by La not winning but hey the grizz played hard BB Zach Randolph is a good player n there announcers r gr8t very humble all around unlike the Bi*#h ass celtics or now the Cavs can’t stand cocky teams even when our team is cocky play ball play team ball and get a win that’s it. So LA let’s go wrk towards HCA in da west n da leauge let lebron win another MvP so we can shoot his bit$h ass dwn! …lol long post again srry

  • TheLakerGenera11

    Whoa whoa whoa let’s put some things in perspective drew wanted to get out of Memphis quickly bc of the last 2 yrs…I agree that we need more contribution from our bench..or we’ll b in trouble come playoff time..I can’t remember the last time I felt good about a loss (rare) but after beating the celtics I think the team as well as myself was on such a high that they forgot they had to play BB I do know that the lakers losses from
    here on end will not be becaused they’re not focused. Getting Phil his win 2 surpass Pat Riley is on the agenda but the Cavs have there attention Denver has their attention and the celtics always have their attention. Repeating will be difficult but we need 2 wrry about the west…clevland has 2 wrry bout atl Boston n Orlando all teams they have lost to. I kno this is a long post and I’ll finish up by saying it’s in our DNA as laker fans 2 wrry ovr 1 game were laker fans we love our team! If the lakers were 82-0 we would still freak out

  • comeflywithme

    The only thing I hate about this game is Pau, he’s complaining with his touches although its true he got few touches but did he even forget that he’s just a second option.. and most of all play some D Pau stop complaining..

  • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

    Let Kobe quote Col.Jessep for a moment “…. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to. ” (A Few Good Men)

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      lol well said!!

  • http://yahoo Kiera

    WELLTHEN MI BOY KOBA IS STILL THE BEST THEN ALL AND HE WILL STAY THE BESTTO ME NOT ANYBODY WHO DON’T LIKE HIM