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Grizzlies head to Hollywood to take on Lakers

(SportsNetwork.com) - It's been a topsy-turvy season for the Los Angeles Lakers and they'll try to gain some semblance of stability when they open a four-game homestand Friday versus the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers have lost three of their last four games and dropped a 111-99 decision at Denver on Wednesday. Still without superstar Kobe Bryant and more recently Steve Nash, the Lakers were paced by Pau Gasol's 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Hill chipped in 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Blake added 15 points to go along with 11 assists in defeat.

Los Angeles had 15 turnovers, leading to 20 Denver points, and the Nuggets grabbed 23 offensive rebounds. The Nuggets had a 36-19 advantage in second chance points because of their rebounding prowess.

Denver had a 60-32 difference in points in the paint.

"If you give this team momentum at home they take full advantage of it, and that's what happened," Blake said.

The Lakers' bench, one day after totaling 56 points against the Pelicans, combined for just 28 at Denver. They still lead the NBA in bench points at a 49.6 points per game.

L.A. will also welcome Detroit, Golden State and Sacramento to Hollywood and is 3-2 at Staples Center this season.

Memphis is still winless on the road (0-3) and will begin a four-game western trek Friday night against the Lakers, Kings, Clippers and Warriors.

The Grizzlies have lost two straight and three of four games, including Wednesday's 103-87 setback at home versus the Toronto Raptors. The Grizz faced former teammate Rudy Gay, who was traded to the Raptors last season and scored 23 points in his return to FedExForum.

Mike Conley countered Gay with 29 points and Marc Gasol added 18 and 10 rebounds. Zach Randolph grabbed 10 boards as well to go along with 10 points and Tony Allen added 10 points for Memphis, which shot 42.7 percent and committed 19 turnovers for 19 Toronto points.

"We hang our hat on defense. That's what we do," Randolph said. "I don't know what it is. We just have to stick together."

Memphis went 2-1 against the Lakers last season and has lost seven of the last 10 on the road in this series.

11/15 10:22:34 ET

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Toronto87
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Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta «101Final | Box
Indiana93
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
8th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
8th
NYM 2
ATL 4
 
6th
TAM 13
NYY 1
 
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
5th
TEX 5
CWS 1
 
5th
LOS 4
ARI 4
 
6th
COL 3
PHI 0
 
4th
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
 
1st
OKC 2
MEM 0
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1