Grizzlies beat Lakers for 9th straight win, franchise record

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January 9, 2022; Los Angeles, California, United States; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The visiting Memphis Grizzlies set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive victory in a 127-119 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Desmond Bane shot 5-for-8 from a distance of 3 points and scored 23 points to lead the Grizzlies.

Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, and Ja Morant finished with 16 points and seven assists after missing a 123-108 win at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday with a pain in his left thigh.

LeBron James had 35 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who have earned a four-game winning streak all season.

It was the 11th game in a row where James scored at least 25 points. James, 37, is the oldest NBA player to accomplish this feat.

James started with 7:58 to go and the Lakers were behind by 27 points. The Lakers managed to reduce the deficit to 126-119 with 1:16 remaining, forcing the Grizzlies to bring back their starters, who closed the win.

The Lakers held onto their last lead at 27-25 when Russell Westbrook went 18 feet with 1:21 left in the first quarter.

The Grizzlies tied at the end of the first quarter, then scored the first five points of the second to take a 32-27 lead.

The Lakers were only able to come close to three in the first six minutes of the second quarter before Memphis began to pull away and take their first double-digit lead at 58-47 on a Jackson tip-in with 2:13 to play in the first half.

Memphis shot 55.3 percent from the ground in the first half, including 9 for 15 at 3 points, while taking a 65-52 lead.

The Lakers, meanwhile, shot 40 percent from the ground in the first half.

Things did not improve for the Lakers in the third quarter.

The two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes before the Grizzlies used a 7-0 streak to take an 80-58 lead with 8:02 to go.

Memphis continued to extend their advantage, taking a 107-83 lead in the fourth.

Austin Reaves and Wayne Ellington each scored 16 points off the bench for Los Angeles.

–Field level media

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