National Basketball Association
L.A. Lakers 136, Memphis 124
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Officials: #48 Scott Foster, #53 John Butler, #38 Michael Smith
Attendance: 17794

Rui Hachimura scored a game-high 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds, helping lead the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to a 136-124 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

LeBron James, back after missing one game due to an ankle injury, logged 23 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Lakers (41-32), who won their fifth straight game. D'Angelo Russell also had 23 points, Taurean Prince scored 15, and Jaxson Hayes and Spencer Dinwiddie logged 14 points apiece.

Los Angeles' Austin Reaves chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Davis, who put up 34 points and 23 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Milwaukee on Tuesday, sat out on Wednesday due to what the Lakers called a knee injury. Davis played 52 minutes against the Bucks.

Desmond Bane led Memphis (24-49) with 26 points and 16 assists, while Jake LaRavia scored 25 off the bench. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 17, and Lamar Stevens and Scotty Pippen Jr. each had 11. GG Jackson scored 10 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost six of seven games.

Building on their eight-point halftime lead, the Lakers opened the second half on a 9-3 run, getting two 3-pointers from Hachimura and one from Russell for a 78-64 advantage.

Pippen's free throw trimmed the Grizzlies' deficit to 83-70, but a 15-1 Los Angeles run capped by a layup from James gave the Lakers a 98-71 lead with 4:17 to go in the third quarter.

However, the Grizzlies finished the quarter on a 15-0 run, with LaRavia's triple cutting the Lakers' lead to 102-92 heading into the fourth.

The run continued on the first play of the final quarter, as LaRavia hit another 3-pointer to trim the deficit to seven.

The Lakers then pulled away thanks to a 13-3 sequence, finished with a pair of James free throws with 8:53 renaming.

Back-to-back triples from GG Jackson and LaRavia got the lead down to 10 with 6:38 left, but a 7-0 Lakers run produced a 17-point lead with 5:08 remaining.

In the first quarter, Dinwiddie's triple at the 3:37 mark gave the Lakers a 30-20 advantage before Memphis finished the quarter on a 16-7 run.

Stevens' three-point play gave the Grizzlies a three-point lead with 9:26 left in the half.

From there, the Lakers went on a 12-2 run, capped with James' free throw with 5:09 remaining.

Stevens' jumper trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 65-59, but four straight Reaves points gave the Lakers a 69-59 advantage with 54 seconds left. Jaren Jackson Jr.'s jumper cut Memphis' halftime deficit to 69-61.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
L.A. Lakers   Memphis
Rui Hachimura 32 Scoring Desmond Bane 26
LeBron James 12 Assists Desmond Bane 16
LeBron James 14 Rebounds Jaren Jackson Jr. 9
LeBron James 7 Free Throws Made Desmond Bane 6
Spencer Dinwiddie 1 Steals Jaren Jackson Jr. 3
Rui Hachimura 2 Blocks Jaren Jackson Jr. 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Lakers 136 55.6 18-33 28-35 31 43 4 5 16
Memphis 124 47.4 17-43 15-19 30 39 3 10 14
Upcoming Games
  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against Orlando. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .286 after a loss.
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Indiana. The Lakers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .636 after a loss.