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Byron Scott's letting Ellington stay in for extra PT as Young comes out to rest w/6 min. in the 2nd. Could still see Swaggy finish the Q.
Kobe and Lin back in the game with about 6 mins left in the half.
A big hammer in transition slams home for Ellington, who has 5 quick points early in the 2nd Q. 13 bench points for LAL.
Ed Davis denies Ty Lawson on inbounds. Nuggets go full court, Davis gets back with block on Lawson. Don't remember Boozer doing that.
Foul trouble LAL were worrying about w/a shorthanded frontcourt could be an issue here. Both Davis/Hill have 2 PF's w/8 min. in the 2nd.
Lead now up to 6 after Ellington drained a 3. This unit doing surprisingly well. Helps that Denver is shooting 25%.
Wayne Ellington's 1st 3-pointer is the 2nd of the game, and puts LAL up 27-21, capping an 8-0 LAL run to start the 2nd Q.
DEN is 0 for 10 from 3. LAL doing a better job of challenging 3's than Fri. in DAL (though DAL is better at getting open for 'em).
Lineup of Price, Ellington, Young, Wes & Sacre had me convinced Denver would take control. Wrong. Lakers now up by 3.
LAL's biggest issue so far: 7 turnovers. DEN has used 'em to take 5 more FGA's and 4 more FTA's, though Young's 1st J tied the game at 21.
Ty Lawson scored easily in the paint to give DEN a 21-19 lead after the 1st. Kobe had 9P, 3R, 2A, Lawson 8P, 4A, 1R.
JaVale McGee's 3rd PF in 5 minutes comes as Robert Sacre gets around him on Kobe's FT miss, and earns more FT's. Mozgov sitting w/2.
Kobe to Shaq. Three rings. Kobe to Pau. Two rings. Kobe to Sacre? Turnover.
Not that he was ever Kareem, but Sacre has totally devolved offensively this year. BK
Kobe loving the Sacre connection a little too much. Turns it over as he tries to find cutting Sacre in paint.
Not sure what's more rare -- Kobe giving up the ball to Sacre who actually made the jumper or Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch.
Kobe and BShaw joking as play starts back up late in first quarter.
Nice start for Kobe tonight: 8 points on 4 of 7 FG's, 3 boards and 2 assists as his dish to Sacre makes it 17-15 LAL.
The Nuggets are shooting only 4 of 17 from the field (23.5%), yet LAL lead only by 2 at 15-13 w/3:13 in 1st. LAL at 40% FG's, w/3 TO's.
Outside of his last shot, Kobe’s jumper looking smooth tonight. 4-for-7 with 8 points so far.
Incredible pass from Robert Sacre that hit the rim first and eventually found its way to Kobe for another jumper.
A deceptively quiet debut as a starter for Ed Davis, who had 2 boards and a point in his 6 minutes, as he was strong defensively.
McGee's in for Denver as Mozgov hits the pine. LAL starters still in at the 6 min. mark, though Young/Sacre are set to check in.
Midway through 1, Lakers lead 11-6 as they're on a 7-0 run and Wes Johnson has two blocks. Good energy on both ends so far.
Lots of Wesley Johnson defense early on here: he has 2 blocks already, getting Afflalo at the rim and on the perimeter.
Denver has missed a bunch of shots in a row, now just 3 for 12 to start, as LAL go up 11-6 on Bryant's 3rd FG in 4 attempts.
Nice block, Wes.
That's 2 PF's on C Timofey Mozgov; B Shaw has yet to go to the Nuggs bench to replace him. Has Hickson, McGee, Arthur.
Why isn't Carlos Boozer in the game? He's out with a sore shoulder which means major minutes for Ed Davis (!) and yeah, Robert Sacre too.
LAL off to an efficient start on O, as Lin's layup is the 4th make in 5 FGA's. Kobe has 4 w/LAL up 9-6 early after 1 of 2 Davis FT's.
An LAL issue tonight: Ty Lawson leads NBA in drives (14.3) and team points per game on drives. Has lived in the paint of late.
Nice pass from Kobe to Jordan Hill for the wide open dunk.
Kobe Bryant - 2, Nuggets - 0.
Kobe starts the scoring with a bank shot from the block, Afflalo answering w/a pull-up J as the scoring starts here at Staples for LAL-DEN.
No Carlos Boozer tonight, bringing a temporary hiatus for my favorite new in-arena game: “‘Booz’ or Boos?”
Courtney Lee on Clippers: "They are a good team in the West despite their record, they will make the playoffs and make their run."
Clippers were outrebounded, 52-32. Also outscored in the paint, 52-32. At least they were consistent.
Marc Gasol has scored 30 or more points four times in his career; three times have come this season.
You'll see Robert Sacre as the lone backup big w/Boozer and of course Randle out, while Wesley Johnson may have to play some 4 (Kelly out).
Nick Young wearing these LeBrons tonight http://t.co/Swd610AaBM
Final: Grizzlies beat the Clippers, 107-91.
It will not be entirely a feel-good trip for the Clippers, who get routed by Memphis Grizzlies, 107-91.
FedEx Forum...where victories are delivered by 10:30 p.m. nightly. In this case, 5:30 (PST).
Grizzlies fans acted offended by DeAndre Jordan uttering a curse word. I think they've heard/seen worse.
That's 30 points for Marc Gasol to go with 12 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan has two points and three rebounds.
Nick Young opted against hitting red carpet w/ Iggy at AMAs. “I thought about it but I’m focused right now. I got bigger fish to fry today.“
Blake Griffin coming back in.
Jordan Farmar missed a three-pointer that might have brought the Clippers starters back in.
Reggie Bullock was getting set to check in for Clippers but called back with timeout looming.
Marc Gasol coming back in.
Hedo Turkoglu looks like a wire-hair fox terrier or a jack russell.
Wondering whether Doc will be on spin cycle or go full Golden State after this one...
Lakers actually played Grizzlies much tougher here earlier this season.
Carlos Boozer (shoulder) is out tonight. Ed Davis is starting.
Might be the last we see of Marc Gasol, who departs with 10 minutes left and the Grizzlies leading the Clippers by 19.
Jamal Crawford should play entire fourth quarter for Clippers, giving them points, but they really need stops to have any shot.
Blake Griffin threw pass directly to Zach Randolph before end of third quarter. Had Randolph made it, Clippers would have immediately left.
Lakers game or AMAs tonight for Nick Young? “He’ll probably try to do both,” Byron Scott said, cracking a smile.
Marc Gasol should be in early season MVP discussions.
Doc Rivers was pissed after Marc Gasol drove for that dunk.
Byron Scott said he isn’t sure just yet if Carlos Boozer (questionable w/shoulder) will play. If not, Ed Davis would start.
Chris Paul did lower his shoulder into Mike Conley on that play. Good call.
Clippers playing better but still down double digits. Going to need a much bigger push to win this game.
"All day. He can't guard you. All day," Clippers assistant Armond Hill yells after another Chris Paul jumper.
Boozer might not play tonight because of a sore shoulder, Byron Scott said. Ed Davis would start vs. Denver.
No matter what happens, Mike Woodson perpetually has this look on his face like everything is OK by him.
Bloody nose for Blake Griffin.
Grizzlies need timeout after Chris Paul three-pointer trims deficit to 62-52. Paul much more aggressive.
Chris Paul with two quick baskets.
To be fair to Clippers, the Grizzlies make lots of teams look bad. But Clippers should know the drill too well to play like this.
There's a guy inside a human hamster wheel going around and round at halftime in Memphis. Might as well be Clippers.
Halftime: Memphis 53, Clippers 40. The Clippers are shooting only 35.1% and have trailed by as many as 17 points.
Chris Paul has as many turnovers (one) as assists at halftime. No wonder Clippers' offense seems so horribly out of sync.
Clippers trail Grizzlies, 53-40, at halftime. Even at the Grindhouse, being on pace for 80 points is terrible.
J.J. Redick seems to be a non-factor in games when he doesn't get going early. Going to do an analytical study on this and get back to you.
Big Baby gets the steal, manages to keep the ball and get it to Chris Paul. His passion is something the rest of the team needs.
Clippers aren't in Florida anymore.
Clippers need a new game plan for second half.