TROY Daniels scored a career-high 31 points off the bench as the depleted Memphis Grizzlies survived Lou Williams’ 40-point performance for a 103-100 win against the Los Angeles Lakers at the FedEx Forum on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
Daniels went six for 12 from three-point range and 12-23 overall as the reserve shooting guard stepped up in the absence of Mike Conley (back), Vince Carter (right hip), Chandler Parsons (knee), James Ennis (calf) and Brandan Wright (ankle). Zach Randolph, whose mother passed away last week, is also still out of the lineup.
Marc Gasol was good for 19 points and dished out eight assists. Jeff Green scored 16 and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Playing in the second game of a back-to-back, the Lakers established an early lead and led 62-54 at halftime behind Williams’ 28 points. The Grizzlies clawed their way back in the third quarter with a trey from Daniels to make it 72-71 at the 4:24. A free throw by Wade Baldwin IV tied it 82-all at the end of the period.
The two teams exchanged leads in the last quarter with the Lakers up 95-94 with 5:24 left before a jumper form Daniels triggered a 9-4 Memphis run to make it 103-97 with 1:15 left in the clock.
The Lakers last gasp was a three-point play by Williams to close the gap to 103-100. Julius Randle had a chance to even the score after being fouled on an attempt from downtown but missed all of his charities. Jordan Clarkson took the offensive rebound but misfired on a 24-footer in an attempt to send the game to overtime.
Luol Deng had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Timofey Mozgov added 13 points and five rebounds. Clarkson had a horrible shooting night (4-16) to finish with eight points.
The Lakers was also hit with the injury bug with D'Angelo Russell, Nick Young and Larry Nance Jr. missing from the lineup.