The Los Angeles Lakers (21-25) were fortunate to overcome the Memphis Grizzlies (31-14) Friday night at Crypto.com Arena, with an unlikely hero coming up huge in clutch time.
Dennis Schroder was extremely clutch in the fourth quarter, helping the Purple & Gold snap Memphis’ 11-game win streak.
Schroder, 29, went 10-for-11 from the free throw line, including a handful down the final stretch of the contest. His late steal, one of three on the night, was also crucial for the victory. He finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
After Schroder gave the Lakers a 122-120 lead with just a few seconds left to play, Brandon Clarke scored his first shot from the charity stripe and then missed what would have been the game-tying free throw.
Lakers escaped with a home win in another close contest. Their last five games have all ended with tight scores, all less than nine points apart.
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Russell Westbrook outscores everyone
Russell Westbrook had a monster game off the bench, scoring a game-high 29 points in 31 minutes of action. He also added five rebounds and six assists.
LeBron James, meanwhile, contributed to the victory with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies in scoring with 22 points, while Clarke and Tyus Jones each added 20.
Lakers look to string a couple wins together when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, while the Grizzlies visit the Phoenis Suns.