The four-time NBA champion put up 20 factors, 10 rebounds and 11 assists on the FedExForum because the Lakers dropped to a 13-13 file and seventh place within the Western Conference.
The Lakers’ season has been blighted by inconsistency as the brand new ‘Big Three’ of James, Westbrook and Anthony Davis proceed to battle meshing collectively on the courtroom.
Davis put up 22 factors, eight rebounds and one help on Thursday, nevertheless it was one other powerful evening for Westbrook, who recorded simply 9 factors, seven assists and 6 rebounds, whereas additionally recording six turnovers.
”When you maintain a staff to 108 factors and 27 of these got here off turnovers, the protection was actually good. Offensively, we weren’t good in any respect.”
The Grizzlies had been in a position to pull off the emphatic win with out star guard Ja Morant, who stays sidelined within the NBA’s Covid-19 well being and security protocols, in addition to key defensive piece Dillon Brooks, who was additionally positioned into the league’s well being and security protocols simply earlier than tip off.
Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane stepped up for Memphis of their absence, recording 25 and 23 factors respectively.
”One factor I did know was that we had been going to battle, regardless. Before the sport began, I instructed everyone to have enjoyable. Just do what we do and have enjoyable enjoying the sport.”
Memphis has now gained six of its previous seven video games to maneuver to 15-11 for the season and climb to fourth in Western Conference standings.