Lakers 103, Grizzlies 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Kobe Bryant had 27 points and Shaquille O’Neal added 25 Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers broke open a close game with a flurry of 3-pointers to close the third quarter and beat the Vancouver Grizzlies 103-91 for their 13th consecutive victory.
O’Neal, who fouled out with 2:43 left and the Lakers ahead 95-86, also had 17 rebounds, five assists and five blocks.
The Grizzlies, who have beaten the Lakers only once in the 18 games the teams have played, kept it close and were up 66-65 when O’Neal drew his fifth foul and went to the bench late in the third quarter.
But consecutive 3-pointers by Brian Shaw, Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Bryant put Los Angeles up 77-69 heading into the final quarter, and the Lakers remained comfortably in front.
Michael Dickerson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim each had 18 for Vancouver, and Othella Harrington had 17.
The Lakers were coming off an emotionally draining 90-87 victory at Portland a night earlier in a game that matched teams with 11-game winning streaks for the first time in NBA history.
Los Angeles earlier had a 16-game winning streak, the NBA’s longest this season. That string ended with a loss at Indianapolis on Jan. 14.