This one went back and forth for awhile before Memphis opened up a lead in the fourth. Clearly that lead wasn’t large enough as it only took two missed free throws by Mayo and two clutch threes by Kobe to seal a win for the Lakers Tuesday night in Memphis.

Kobe and Mayo battled all night in this game. Both players made some incredible shots and led their teams in scoring.

The Grizzlies really played well tonight and made some difficult shots in traffic.

In the end, the Lakers inside presence was just too much. Gasol and Bynum may not have scored much, but they physically wore down the Grizzlies big men.

It was a pretty sloppy game for the team, but they did just enough to come out with the win–much thanks to number 24.

Now, the bests of the day…

Top 3 Laker Performers -

1) Kobe’s 32 points and 2 late threes say enough.

2) Pau had 22 and 13 tonight, but his four turnovers were a bit abnormal.

3) Fisher had 10 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and hit 2 early threes.

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Artest was 1 for 9… after missing the game winner last time in Memphis he can’t wait to go home.

Play of the Night: The Lakers fast break ending with Farmar’s oop to Bynum, but Kobe’s game-winner tops it tonight.

What to Look for Next Game: The Lakers head to Dallas for a huge game Wednesday night against the much improved Dallas Mavericks. Should be a high scoring game.

Ticket Info: Next home game is Friday vs. the Philadelphia 76′ers. Tickets starting at $75. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 213-221-7681 for info. on how to lock these tickets up today!

Go Lakers!

  • 09champs!

    hahahaha He´s back xD
    man what a shot, this was one hell of a game.

    and what happened at the end with those free throws?
    good thing we won it, because pau and fish were just missing them by bunches ..

  • kevin 0

    kobe is da bomb like tick tick

  • daboss1848

    Props to PJ for finally drawing up a successful play (it didnt hurt that the shot went in).

    • lakershow2010

      stfu

    • Marwan Marzina

      I think it was cause Kobe had the ball, not because he drew up a successful play.

      • daboss1848

        some of u guys really need to learn how to watch a game, and not just the ball – lots of things happen off the ball. In fact, if u were watching you would have seen several things happen:
        On one side of the floor, LO sets a screen for Fish (which actually creates space for Pau’s pass (risky, needle) to Fish for a layup.
        On the other side, KB sets a brush screen for Artest; KB then runs around a Pau screen for a wide open three.
        Basketball is an absolutely beautiful game if some of you guys would just learn how to watch it.
        Its no wonder why so many of you think the only valuable players are the ones who fill the stat sheets.

        • lakerfan_4ever

          I totally agree with you,that was more than just a shot by KB24…the play was set up perfectly…I watched it 10 times looking carefully at every single detail…4 players touched that ball:Artest,Pau,Odom and Kobe…talk about ball movement….

        • KAOS – Kobe Jordan

          I hear that Boss. Great play and movement to catch the Griz of guard. They caught the defense sleeping for one second and we capitalized.
          The screen by LO and the pick that Pau set to free Kobe up and give him that window of opportunity was run to perfection.
          Beautiful ball movement and execution.

          Note – From the game winner with less than 5 seconds on the clock to the gum he was chewing the entire game; nostalgia clicked and all I could think of after the game was: that was another “Kobe Jordan” moment.

    • lakershow2010

      kb called the timeout, not phil

      • LC09

        lmao hold up yall kids think kobe called da TO?? N KOBE designed that play up?? lmao thats too… kobe looked at phil n signaled a TO, then phil drew up the play for kobe to have a chance..KOBE knocked down the shot as we are all used to.. good job phil Great job kobe.. lmao kids these days

        • hello world

          kobe was waiting for oj mayo or whoever was gaurding him to make a decision. the defender went under and kobe pulled up.

  • LGM10

    great game but we have to cut down our turnovers and make our free throws if we want to win in dallas.

    • lakershow2010

      tell that to wussy pau

    • keepon_keepinon18

      Yeah free-throws were terrible. It seems to me like the games were the Lakers miss the FTs are always the close games. At least its something that can be fixed simply. Make your free throws LA!

    • http://www.myspace.com/626bones Lakers 24 7

      Word. What’s up with Fisher missing a lot of FT’s this year? He used to be like an 88-90% FT shooter.

      • pauer

        And Pau was 5th in the League in FT’s made at one point this year.

        Seems like he let a lot of passes get out of his control

  • keepon_keepinon18

    I have to disagree with how the Laker big men wore down the Grizzlies big men; it seemed like it was the other way around. Just like the last game between them, Zebow (and his “zebounds”) and Marc were very physical with Pau and Drew and kept the game close.

    Also, seemed like Kobe never took over but just quietly scored 32 points and made the big shots when they counted. I admit that I wanted LA to just give Kobe the ball so he could do his work.
    Ultimately, this was a very sloppy game ~ especially the 3rd quarter with many uncharacteristic turnovers by the Lakers. They have to continue to play together as a team. Lamar only had 3 rebounds and Andrew made 2 unnecessary “tying-up” fouls under the basket without even attempting the block.

  • Laker4 Life

    The Mamba striked again. This was like his sixth game winner this season. He is the best clutch player in the nba no doubt.

    • 09champs!

      i agree, but remove the clutch :)
      Best player in the nba no doubt, this includes everything ;)

  • eff

    No! Bad, BAD STEVE AVERY!

    NO MORE SHITTY ARTICLES

    • WifelovesLuke

      Better than seeing this Marwan character post 19 articles every single day all because he used to post on here and claim that he had a bunch of sources and he would do a good job for Chris. All the guy does is find articles written by other people and posts them with a little tweet at the top. Wow, what an amazing author this guy is.

      • hello world

        some of you guys would never even find the atricles he posts. you comment on all these posts at least he does the work for you and just get over it. steve just looks at stats like all the mvp voters goin for lebron.

  • Dan Andreas

    I’d have to say Artest played great D on Rudy Gay who was contained to 7-17 for just 17 points (isn’t that what we got him for?). Lamar on the other hand looked awful. 30 mins = 5 points 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Zebo worked him if you asked me, and he was making bad play after bad play. I was actually praying we’d spare him the embarassment, put Mbenga out there when Haddadi was in, so Pau could play Zebo and make him feel a little bit uncomfortable out there. Lamar was a complete non-factor, inexcusable for our 6th man who needs to step up as the bench has become a 3 man squad.

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      To be honest, this game actually fuels the notion that he has monster games as a starter. Comparing his last 5 games with tonight fuels that idea.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    pau n2?
    4 to, yeah what about those 2 miss ft that almost cost us the game?
    paussie man up
    and bow respect to kobe

  • berkyberks

    watch the beat in nba.com they voted lebron unanimously! but who cares? the real M.V.P. hits the game winner!

    • pauer

      I think that the criteria for MVP changes every year based on who the media wants to see get the award.

  • kobeloyalist

    by the way melo beat lebrog in the clutch!

  • Luke makes me Puke

    Smush of the Game was a tough choice, with so many good candidates. Offensively Artest was a no show, but at least he brought some D. Andrew had his usual number of back in and plow for a clumsy travel or charge foul. Not much from Jordan, Fisher or Shannon. However the clear winner of Smush of the Game tonight was Lamar. I don’t know if he was asleep or stoned but clearly his walnut sized brain was not working tonight. Offensively he made one dumb play after another. Goofy shots, dumbass turnovers. Defensively he was out of it. He couldn’t guard anyone. Worse yet, he couldn’t get a rebound unless it hit him right on the head. Yeah Lamar was a zombie out there tonight so he gets the Smush award. Way to go Lame-O! Maybe we should start Lamar and move Andrew to the bench. Andrew seems to bog the offense down, lower Pau’s efficiency and Lamar turns into a flatliner coming off the bench. We’ll need a better performance against Dallas that’s for sure.

    • 242LakerFan

      I have to agree about Lamar. As usual, Steve is completely myopic in his view of Artest’s game. No, he didn’t light up the nets, but neither did the Gay he was guarding all night.
      Lamar, though, after a series of monster games without Kobe, went back to the old, half-assed, floor space wasting, complacent player we’ve seen since he became a Kardashian.
      Plus, if I were Phil, this whole team would be spending the entire next practice session shooting free throws. 5 straight misses from the line in a close fourth quarter is ridiculous.

      • kobeloyalist

        pau misses the ft. and lamar no show means that they want to lose in kobe’s comeback to say that they don’t need kobe…

  • steve1234
  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Give them a break. With Kobe back they all stand and watch, Also Pau never plays big against his brother.
    Artest shoting is horrible wide open shots he missed.
    Fisher also has lost it.

  • Craig_Jolicoeur22

    i just wanna bring up a different but legitimate conversation. can we now say that Kobe is more clutch than Michael Jordan?? and would you rather give the last shot to Kobe or Jordan?? my opinion is kobe hands down!!

    • hello world

      i’d give it to kobe because he has a longer range but jordan is stronger and has a way of getting easier shots. kobe just makes harder shots but they both make them. if i were the coach and we were playing against a team with lebron gaurding jordan and kobe was being gaurded by carmelo id give it to jordan because they are bothe big gaurds but michael has done it time after time where he seperates himself from the defender with such ease. kobe, well, he puts it up but he has such a long range and he can hit some of the most difficult shots seeming so smoothly. id pick kobe if that answers your question. lol
      -Green Flannel

      • kobeloyalist

        jordan plays with in at the isolation era…nothing to compare! can’t compare barkley and malone to lebron or melo, and drexler to wade so it means jordan is alone that era..the most game winning shot since 02-03 season with 15…..kobe is the answer!

  • islandgirl024

    So seeing as the media loves LeBron and is constantly singing his praises, where is Kobe’s respect?!

    LeBron does not have as many clutch winning games as Kobe has had this season alone and still no love there for the real “KING” of the NBA!!!

    Kobe has nothing to prove to anyone but the media should respect him as much, if not more, than LeBron as he is the BEST PLAYER IN THE PLANET!!!!!

    That said, welcome back KObe and FANTASTIC GAME!!! – Bring on Dallas tonight and make the media eat their words – again!!!!

    • http://www.myspace.com/guszo gus26

      who ever thinks lebron is better than kobe doesn’t know how to count to 4..

  • berkyberks

    I had to admit lebron is great with his size…but stats doesn’t win games everytime like lebron 43-15-13 with carmelo hitting on his face. stats are good but winning shot win games everytime!

  • berkyberks