Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 112-95 loss to the Grizzlies at
Russell attempted a career-best 12 free throws, making eight. He also scored 22 points against the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday.
After averaging 25.1 minutes a game through January, scoring 12.0 points with 3.3 assists, Russell has played 29.2 minutes over February's 10-day span, scoring 15.0 points a night with 4.0 assists.
His shooting percentage was 43.7% from the field and 34.4% from three-point range in January; he's hitting 45.9% and 46.2% in February, respectively.
2. The Lakers did win the fourth quarter, 24-22, but at that point, the game was long over. The big issue was the team's porous defense through three quarters.
Including the team's 128-119 loss on Wednesday, the Lakers gave up 30 points in six straight quarters. The Grizzlies are not known for having a high-powered offense, but they scored 36, 31, 30, 31, 32 and 35 over that stretch.
The Lakers finally held Memphis to just 23 in the third period, but never threatened in the second half. At that point, the Grizzlies were able to coast to the finish.
The last time he was held to single digits was on Dec. 28, in a loss in Charlotte to the
Over the team's next 27 games, Clarkson reached at least 10 points, including eight with 20 or more.
Even with the off night, Clarkson is averaging 17.8 points with 3.5 assists through games played in January, shooting 49.6% from the field and 45.8% from three-point range.
Carter finished with 19 points, with most of his damage to the Lakers done early.
The Lakers also gave up 21 points to P.J. Hairston, who hit five of nine behind the arc.
Memphis shot 40.6% from deep, hitting 13 of 32.
Meanwhile, the Lakers converted five of 23 (21.7%) from three-point range. Russell hit both of his attempts, but both Lou Williams and Nick Young each missed four of five.
5. The Lakers are still in last place in the West, better than just the Philadelphia 76ers (8-50).
The Lakers are 19 games behind the eighth-place
Looking ahead to the 2016
If the Lakers climb a spot in the standings, their lottery odds for a top-three selection will dip to 46.9%. The closest teams ahead of the Lakers are the Phoenix Suns (14-44) and