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Lakers outlast Memphis in double overtime, 116-111

March 13, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Memphis center Marc Gasol, left, and teammate Tony Allen, right, try to stop Lakers center Andrew Bynum from putting up a shot during the first half of Tuesday's game.
Memphis center Marc Gasol, left, and teammate Tony Allen, right, try to… (Alan Spearman / Associated…)

Reporting from Memphis -- It took the Lakers a long, long time, but they finally improved their road record, outlasting Memphis in two overtimes, 116-111, Tuesday at FedEx Forum.

Andrew Bynum had 37 points on 15-for-18 shooting and also took 16 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 8-14 on the road.

Kobe Bryant had 34 points in 52 minutes, including a four-footer with 1:47 left in the second overtime that put the Lakers ahead for good, 110-109.

The Lakers trailed by 17 in the third quarter and made enough of a run the rest of the way to force overtime.

The Grizzlies had a chance to win in regulation but Mike Conley missed a three-point attempt with 0.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Lakers had a chance to win in the first overtime but Bryant's 16-footer barely grazed the front of the rim.

Rudy Gay did not play for Memphis because he sustained a mild concussion Sunday against Denver. He is averaging 18.8 points.

Marreese Speights had 25 points for the Grizzlies (24-17), who were half a game behind the Lakers in the Western Conference before Tuesday.

The Lakers (26-16) finish a quick two-game trip Wednesday in New Orleans.


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