The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fourth straight game and fell to 16-45 with Friday’s 97-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The game featured nine lead changes and another Lakers collapse in the fourth quarter. The following is a timeline of events that occurred in the game.
6:12 left in first quarter: The Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies exchanged baskets for the first half of the first quarter, as the Grizzlies take an early 10-8 lead.
3:55 left in first quarter: Jordan Clarkson is 5-for-5 from the field and is the main reason that the Lakers only trail 18-14. The rest of the team is 1-of-9 so far.
3:10 left in first quarter: After a rare defensive turnover forced by the Lakers’ Clarkson, another Lakers miss brings the team to a combined 6-of-15, with five of the makes by Clarkson.
End of first quarter: The Grizzlies lead the Lakers 24-18 behind a 55% shooting performance and a 13-8 rebounding advantage. The leading scorers after the first quarter are Clarkson of the Lakers with ten points Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies with six points.
10:50 left in the second quarter: Wesley Johnson hits the first 3-pointer of the night for the Lakers, but they still trail 21-26 early in the second quarter.
7:30 left in second quarter: After a basket by Jeremy Lin, the Lakers still trail by five points, 25-32, despite the Grizzlies only making two baskets in their last nine attempts. Memphis has been scoring regularly from the free-throw line over the past three minutes.
4:40 left in second quarter: Wayne Ellington scores for the Lakers, marking the first starter to make a basket not named Jordan Clarkson, reducing the Lakers deficit to four: 31-35.
3:35 left in second quarter: As shown in the Twitter post above, Clarkson makes an emphatic dunk, and the Lakers take their first lead, 36-35.
2:00 left in second quarter: With two minutes left in the first half, the game is tied at 39. The Lakers have gotten back into the game by holding the Grizzlies to 5-18 shooting in the second quarter.
Halftime: As shown in the LakersNation Facebook post, the Lakers lead 46-43 at the break. Clarkson leads the Lakers with 17 points and Tony Allen leads the Grizzlies with 12 points.
10:05 left in third quarter: Carlos Boozer of the Lakers gives the purple-and-gold a 53-45 lead, which causes the Grizzlies to take a timeout. During the pause in play, Marine veteran Malcolm “Jimmy” Keeps was honored as part of Ashley Furniture Military Family Recognition program. Keeps fought in the horrific 1945 Battle at Iwo Jima, which took the lives of over 7,000 Marines. The real-life war hero received a standing ovation from the crowd of 17,399.
7:20 left in third quarter: Clarkson achieves a new career-high, by scoring his 23rd point, as he lifts the Lakers to a 57-52 lead.
5:10 left in third quarter: Wow! How did Boozer make that miraculous shot with the shot clock winding down? The Lakers will gladly take it, as they continue to lead the Grizzlies 61-56. Watch the video of the basket on the Twitter post above.
2:45 left in third quarter: Nick Calathes hits a field goal to give the Grizzlies their first lead of the second half, 62-61. Randolph has also been establishing his presence in the paint over the last few minutes. He now has 17 points and 11 rebounds.
End of third quarter: After the teams exchanged baskets, the Lakers made four points-in-a-row and took a 71-67 lead into the fourth quarter.
10:00 left in fourth quarter: The Lakers take their first double-digit lead and are in front of the Grizzlies 77-67 with ten minutes left in regulation. After a slow start, the Lakers are now shooting 51% for the game.
5:27 left in fourth quarter: The Grizzlies are chipping into the lead by using their signature ‘Grindhouse’ style of play, trailing only 81-78. They increased their defensive intensity and Courtney Lee has bottled-up Clarkson for most of the fourth quarter.
3:18 left in fourth quarter: The Grizzlies score on their last five possessions, and have reduced the Lakers lead to one point, 85-84, marking the closest they have come to leading since 1:09 left in the third quarter.
2:00 left in fourth quarter: As crunch-time approaches, the Lakers cling to a one-point lead, 87-86. So far this season, the Lakers have been unable to perform well down the stretch in close games. Will this game be different?
1:36 left in fourth quarter: After a Randolph steal, Jeff Green makes two free throws and gives the Grizzlies their first lead since 2:45 left in the third quarter, 88-87. Besides the steal, Randolph’s 24 points and 13 rebounds dominate the Grizzlies’ box score.
0:45 left in fourth quarter: After Mike Conley made one-of-two free throws to give the Grizzlies an 89-87 lead, the Lakers have the ball and an opportunity to tie or take the lead.
0:23 left in fourth quarter: The Lakers are letting this game slip away as Mark Gasol makes two free throws to gives the Grizzlies a 91-87 lead. The Grizzlies have outscored the Lakers 7-0 over the last 90 seconds.
0:13 left in fourth quarter: Ahead by four points, 93-89, Conley steals the ball from Clarkson, which would end the Lakers realistic chance of a comeback and represent another game that was lost in the fourth quarter.
End of the fourth quarter: The Grizzlies defeat the Lakers 97-90 by going on a 24-9 run to end the game. They have beaten the Lakes in six straight games and have now swept the season series (4-0) for the first time. Watch the Youtube video above for complete highlights.