LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton realizes the Los Angeles Lakers must climb a steep studying curve so long as they’re beginning two rookies and a second-year professional who not too long ago turned 20.

The thrilling children are studying find out how to survive the NBA’s perils from veterans Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who led the best way to a different win for a quickly evolving group.

Lopez scored 21 factors, Brandon Ingram added 20 and the Lakers blew most of a 22-point lead earlier than hanging on for his or her third victory in 4 video games, 107-102 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday evening.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma had 13 factors and 12 rebounds in his second profession begin because the Lakers beat Memphis at Staples Center for the fourth straight time regardless of the Grizzlies’ livid late rally. That’s all a part of the plan for the Lakers, who improved to 5-5 with one other resilient effort.

“When we’re playing aggressive like that, when we’re defending like that, or communicating like that, we’re in the game, which is not easy at this level,” Walton stated. “There’s a lot of really good teams out there. We’ve played and competed and even beat a few of them so far. But I think for our young players, it shows them firsthand what that’s all about.”

Los Angeles received at the very least 9 factors from seven gamers, together with 15 apiece from Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson.

Tyreke Evans scored 26 factors and Mike Conley added 11 of his 23 within the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who trailed by 15 factors with 5:18 to play earlier than rallying.

Memphis trimmed the Lakers’ result in 103-100 with 42 seconds left on Dillon Brooks’ free throws after a flagrant foul by Lopez.

But Caldwell-Pope swiped the ball from James Ennis III moments earlier than hitting a jumper with 19.1 seconds to play. Lopez added two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to seal it.

“Those guys have played a lot of NBA games, and a lot of us have only played 10 NBA games,” Kuzma stated. “It’s big for them to step up and lead.”

Marc Gasol had 15 factors, 10 rebounds and 7 badists for the Grizzlies, who’ve misplaced three of 4. One evening after opening a five-game highway journey with a win over the Clippers, Memphis ran out of time to counter the Lakers’ third-quarter surge to an 86-64 lead.

“It was a tough (third) quarter,” Memphis coach David Fizdale stated. “They really got after us. The thing that I was most happy about is the resolve we showed, and our huddles were awesome. Guys were really encouraging each other.”

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons sat out to relaxation. … Brooks scored 13 factors in his second straight begin. … Kanye West watched from courtside and chatted with Conley at halftime. Conley not too long ago stated the music mogul as soon as known as him out of the blue to say he is an enormous fan, and that he thinks Conley is wildly underrated.

Lakers: Caldwell-Pope scored 9 factors in a two-minute burst throughout the third quarter earlier than taking place closely beneath the basket. He ultimately walked to the locker room with out badist and returned to the bench a number of minutes later. The group stated he injured his left hip. … C Andrew Bogut sat out with again tightness. … Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig received wild cheers when he appeared on the video board. Nashville Predators defensemen P.Ok. Subban and Roman Josi additionally attended the sport.

BIG BROOK

One sport after dropping 34 factors on his former Brooklyn Nets teammates, Lopez had one other large offensive evening with 4 Three-pointers and 5 badists. He relished his matchup with Gasol, praising the Spaniard as one of many NBA’s hardest duties for an enormous man.

QUOTABLE

“We just waited too long to have that sense of urgency to win the game,” Conley stated. “We have to be better, especially on the second game of a back-to-back against a young team. We didn’t start the way we wanted to. It’s very tough. You can’t spot anybody in this league points. People are too talented. Teams are too good. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have what it took early on.”

ROUND BALL

Lonzo Ball had 9 factors on Three-for-13 capturing in his newest powerful evening from the sector, however the No. 2 general choose added 9 badists and three rebounds with simply two turnovers in 35 minutes. Ball was 1 for eight on Three-pointers, making him 11 for 47 past the arc this season.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

Lakers: Open a four-game highway journey in opposition to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday within the newest chapter of the basic NBA rivalry.

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