MEMPHIS, Tenn. — LeBron James scored on a driving layup with 1:30 left to put the Los Angeles ahead to stay as the Lakers held off the Memphis Grizzlies 109-108 Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.
The Lakers showed the effects of winning in Oklahoma City on Friday night. James made clear on social media he had trouble getting a nap before tipoff with their hotel across the street from the FedExForum where No. 16 Memphis beat Mississippi 87-86 earlier Saturday.
They never led in the first half and trailed by as much as 15 in the second quarter. The Lakers got going in the third and opened the fourth jumping out to their biggest lead of the game at 94-87.
The young Grizzlies took a 105-100 lead on a tip-in by Brandon Clarke with 3:24 to go. Davis tied it up with a 3 with 2:00 remaining, James hit his layup for the go-ahead bucket, and Davis followed by tipping in a James’ miss for a 109-105 lead with 53.5 seconds left.
Morant drove for a layup with 28 seconds left to pull Memphis within a point. James missed a jumper with the Grizzlies grabbing the rebound to set up the final try.
The Grizzlies lost their third straight on a night they wore their Vancouver teal uniforms for the first time as throwbacks celebrating their 25th NBA season along with a throwback court.
Memphis led 35-25 after the first quarter and 63-55 at halftime.