Grizzlies 104, Lakers 85 (final)
Sure, the Lakers have won the last two NBA titles. But for the sellout crowd at Staples Center on Sunday, it was strictly a case of "What have you done for us lately?"
And judging from the crowd's reaction, the answer was "not much."
Even a blistering third quarter by Kobe Bryant, who scored 17 points in 10 minutes, couldn't wake the sleepwalking Lakers in their first game of 2011. And the fans registered their disappointment with boos.
Loud boos. Long boos. And lots of boos. Thankfully, perhaps, for the Lakers, not many in the crowd stayed to the final whistle, though.
The loss was the fourth in six games for the Lakers -- and all four have been by at least 15 points.
Bryant finished with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting. But he was the only Laker with more than 10 points. The Lakers also turned the ball over 19 times -- leading to 18 Memphis points -- and never led after the first period.
The white flag came out with 4 minutes 36 seconds to play when Coach Phil Jackson emptied his bench, sending in Joe Smith, Luke Walton and Derrick Caracter.
The Grizzlies, who have beaten the Lakers twice in three meetings this season, had five players score in double figures, led by Rudy Gay with 27 and Zach Randolph with 21. Andrew Bynum had a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lakers.
Grizzlies 79, Lakers 62 (end of third quarter)
After a lethargic first half, Kobe Bryant came out with his jump shot blazing in the third quarter, scoring 17 of the Lakers' first 21 points in the period. That cut the once-large Memphis lead to just a bucket several times. Bryant also did a good job getting to the line, drawing three fouls.