The Lakers gave the Grizzlies a scare in Memphis on Friday night, but the home team picked up the win, 97-90, by outscoring the visitors, 30-19, in the fourth quarter.
Rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 25 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds for the Lakers, but Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph took over in the fourth to finish with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lakers led by 10 points with nine minutes left before Memphis' rally left them with a fourth connsecutive loss.
Center Marc Gasol scored 18 points, Jeff Green 16 (on a perfect 10 for 10 from the free-throw line), Tony Allen 15 and Mike Conley 12.
Memphis shot 44.2% from the field but just 9.1% from three-point range (1-11). The big difference was at the line, where the Grizzlies converted 28 of 33 attempts (84.8%).
The Lakers took just nine free throws, hitting seven (77.8%).
Wayne Ellington and Wesley Johnson each scored 14, Jordan Hill added 13 and Ed Davis had 10. The Lakers shot 46.4% from the field and 41.7% from three-point range (5 of 12).
With the loss, the Lakers fall to 16-45. They'll return home on Sunday to host the Dallas Mavericks (40-23). The Grizzlies (44-17), the second-best team in the Western Conference, travel to New Orleans to play the Pelicans (33-29) on Saturday.
Lakers 71, Grizzlies 67 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers increased their lead slightly in the third quarter, pushing ahead by four points
Lakers Jordan Clarkson leads all scorers with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting with five assists and four rebounds in just over 24 minutes.
The Lakers are shooting 49.2% from the field. Wayne Ellington and Wesley Johnson have both scored 12.
The Grizzlies have gotten a double-double from Zach Randolph (19 points and 11 rebounds) while point guard Mike Conley has 19 points and four assists. Tony Allen has 15 points off the bench.
Memphis is shooting 44.3% from the field but only 10% from three-point range (1 of 10). The Lakers have converted five of eight from behind the arc (62.5%).
Both teams have just six turnovers.
The Lakers outscored the Grizzlies, 30-19, in the second quarter to take a three-point lead into the half.
Jordan Clarkson continued to pour it on, leading all scorers with 17 points on eight-of-12 shooting from the field. The Lakers shot 46.5% from the field and 75% from three-point range (3 of 4).
Wesley Johnson added 12 points off the bench but Wayne Ellington, with four points, was the only other starter to score aside from Clarkson. The starting front line of center Robert Sacre, power forward Carlos Boozer and small forward Ryan Kelly was a combined 0 for 7 from the field in 30 minutes of play.
The Grizzlies got 12 points from Tony Allen on a perfect six-of-six shooting. Memphis shot 41.9% from the field but missed seven of eight three-point attempts (12.5%).
Jordan Clarkson tried to keep the Lakers in the game, but the Grizzlies took an eight-point advantage after 12 minutes of play in Memphis.
Clarkson scored 10 points on five of seven shooting, but the team hit just 38.1% from the floor.
The Grizzlies, who shot 55% from the field, have been led by Zach Randolph with six points, five rebounds and two assists.
Ed Davis scored four points off the Lakers' bench.
The Lakers (16-44) finish a three-game road trip on Friday night, visiting the Memphis Grizzlies (43-17).
The Grizzlies are second in the Western Conference, while the Lakers are second-to-last, in 14th place.
Vince Carter is questionable (foot), while the Lakers will play without Nick Young (knee) as well as Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back), who are all done for the season.
For an in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies.