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Lakers trail Memphis at halftime, 52-51

March 13, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Lakers center Andrew Bynum, right, tries to put up a shot past Memphis center Marc Gasol during the first half of Tuesday's game.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum, right, tries to put up a shot past Memphis center… (Alan Spearman / Associated…)

Reporting from Memphis -- The Lakers are trying to improve their 7-14 road record.

They're not being overly successful.

They're losing to the short-handed Memphis Grizzles at halftime, 52-51, Tuesday at FedEx Forum.

The Lakers trailed by as many as nine but closed with a scoring burst in the final minutes of the second quarter.

Andrew Bynum is off to a strong start, scoring 18 points on seven-for-nine shooting against fellow All-Star center Marc Gasol.

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

Tony Allen has 13 points and Gasol has 12 for the Grizzlies (24-16), who are half a game behind the Lakers in the Western Conference.

The Lakers (25-16) committed seven turnovers in the first quarter and trailed, 29-21. They finish a quick two-game trip Wednesday in New Orleans.


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