Lakers vs. Memphis: Lakers run over the Grizzlies
Lakers 124, Memphis 105 (final)
Six Lakers scored in double-figures in the win over Memphis that kept L.A. undefeated at 4-0.
Three of the players who scored in double figures were off the bench.
Matt Barnes led the reserves with 16 points, Shannon Brown had 13 points and Steve Blake had 10.
As for the starters, Kobe Bryant led the way with 23 points on seven-for-13 shooting, all in 26 minutes, none in the fourth quarter.
Pau Gasol had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five assists and Lamar Odom had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Lakers 97, Memphis 76 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers messed around for a little bit in the third, watching their big lead get cut down.
But the team got it back together to open a 21-point lead at the end of the third.
A tip-in early in the third quarter gave Lamar Odom 13 points.
The significance was that it gave Odom 11,000 points during his 12-year career.
Odom finished the third with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Through three quarters, the Lakers shot 53.1% from the field, 63.2% from three-point range.
Memphis forward Rudy Guy led all scorers with 30 points through three.
Lakers 73, Memphis 46 (end of first half)
The Lakers opened a 29-point lead at one point in the second quarter, making the game look easy.
By halftime, Kobe Bryant had scored 23 points on seven-for-10 shooting, three for four on three-pointers.
Pau Gasol had 15 points and eight rebounds and Lamar Odom had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 15 points.
The Lakers shot 58.1% from the field in the first half.
Lakers 34, Memphis 23 (end of first quarter)
With the Lakers shooting 52.2% from the field, it was easy for them to open an 11-point lead over Memphis at the end of the first.
Kobe Bryant had nine points on four-for-five shooting and Pau Gasol had nine points on four-for-eight shooting.
Marc Gasol, Pau's younger brother, had nine points in the first quarter for the Grizzlies.
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said the Memphis Grizzlies are a quality team, "even though they didn't make the playoffs" last season.
Jackson reminded the media before the Lakers faced the Grizzlies on Tuesday night at Staples Center that Memphis has a lot of talent.
Jackson also reminded his players about how good Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are.
"They are going to get the ball out," Jackson said. "They are going to run the ball down the court."
-- Broderick Turner