Lakers vs Memphis: Lakers lose, 98-96, after Ron Artest has last-second shot blocked
Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96 (final)
The Lakers lost their third straight game, this time going down to the Memphis Grizzlies when they were unable to score in the end.
With under 10 seconds to play, Pau Gasol stole the ball from Mike Conley and fed it to Kobe Bryant.
But Bryant (who scored 29 points) was double teamed, so he passed the ball to Ron Artest, who had his potential game-winning three-pointer blocked by Rudy Gay.
It meant the Lakers had lost three in a row for just the second time since Gasol was acquired by the Lakers on Feb. 1, 2008.
The Lakers rallied for the second game in a row to bring it down to the last shot. Shannon Brown made a three-pointer and scored on a runner on the fastbreak, bringing the Lakers to within 89-85.
A three-pointer by Conley with just over one minute to play put the Grizzlies up by seven, but the Lakers didn't give in.
Artest made a three-pointer off a pass from Bryant, and after Marc Gasol missed a hook shot, Bryant scored, bringing the Lakers to within 98-96, forcing Memphis to call a timeout with 28.2 seconds left.
Grizzlies 70, Lakers 65 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers trailed by as much as 11 points in the third quarter.
Their defense was not very good early in the third, allowing the Grizzlies to score easy baskets.
By the end of the third quarter, four of the five Memphis starters had scored in double figures, led by Mike Conley's 18 points on six-for-eight shooting.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 23 points through three quarters, but he was just eight-for-22.
Grizzlies 51, Lakers 49 (end of first half)
The Lakers had just seven assists in the first half, a sign they were not properly running the offense.
They shot just 43.6% from the field in the half.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 19 first-half points, but he was just six for 16 from the field.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 13 points.
Memphis shot 50% from the field in the first half.
Lakers 27, Grizzlies 27 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers had their hands full in the first quarter with Memphis.
The Lakers shot 50% from the field. Kobe Bryant took advantage of Memphis rookie guard Xavier Henry to score 11 points in the first quarter.
Memphis shot 57.1% from the field in the first.
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with seven points, two rebounds and three assists.
Lakers eye end of skid
The Lakers are looking forward to breaking a two-game losing streak.
But they know it won't be easy to do that when they face the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night at the FedExForum.
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said before the game that his team's transition defense has to improve. It's something that will be challenged by Memphis, which likes to run.
Memphis has made some changes to its lineup. Former USC star O.J. Mayo has lost his starting job and is coming off the bench now. Rookie Xavier Henry is the starter at shooting guard.
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Memphis