Lakers vs. Grizzlies: Kobe Bryant makes history again in a victory
There were two milestones for Kobe Bryant on Friday night during the Lakers' 114-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.
By scoring 41 points, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 24,000 points. And he passed Allen Iverson for 16th on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Bryant has 24,027 points in his 14-year career.
Friday night marked the third time this week Bryant has scored 41 points in a game. He did so against Atlanta on Sunday and Houston on Wednesday.
Bryant made 19 of 30 field-goal attempts against Memphis.
Iverson, who now plays for Memphis, had just eight points.
The Lakers looked more serious tonight in the third quarter, much more so than they looked in the first half.
The Lakers opened an 87-75 lead entering the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bryant had 31 points through three quarters and Ron Artest had 19 points.
The Lakers' bench was productive, getting nine points from Josh Powell and five rebounds and six assists from Luke Walton through three quarters.-----
Even with Bryant making history in the first half in which he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 24,000 points, the Lakers trailed the Grizzlies, 51-49, at the half.
Bryant scored 16 points in the first half, giving him 24,002 points during his 14-year career.
The Lakers shot just 37.7% in the first half, while Memphis made 48.9% of its shots.-----
Early on, Bryant looked intent on scoring.
Bryant was on the attack from the beginning of the game, going at O.J. Mayo and his replacements, drawing foul fouls on them.
Bryant had 10 points in the first, helping the Lakers open a 25-22 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night at Staples Center.
DJ Mbenga, starting at center in place of Andrew Bynum (strained right elbow) gave the Lakers a defensive presence and a strong rebounder.
Mbenga collected nine rebounds in the first quarter. He also picked up two fouls and was forced to take a seat on the bench.-----
The Lakers are without the services of their two big men tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bynum missed his first game of the season with a strained right elbow and Pau Gasol missed his sixth consecutive games with a strained right hamstring.
Lakers television color commentator Stu Lantz suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will have surgery on Monday.
When asked how long he'll be out after the surgery, Lantz responded: "I'll be back Thursday. I'm old-school. I play hurt."
Lantz laughed. He won't miss any games.
He did Friday night's game and will do Sunday's game.
The Lakers don't play again until Thursday, when they face the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.
Lantz will have three days to recover before he's due back at work.
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest goes up for a dunk in the second quarter Friday night. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times