Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff hopes

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I was very pleased with the effort and the togetherness of our group,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I thought we got back to what we were doing earlier in the season. Unfortunately, we didn’t make enough plays.”Joakim Noah had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Avery Bradley scored 15 points for Memphis, which ended a four-game skid.Memphis led 105-98 with 1:42 left, but a 3-pointer from Kuzma and layup from James pulled the Lakers within 105-103 with a minute left.Conley converted 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch, and one Lakers possession ended with an offensive foul on James. An airball on a 3-point attempt by James with 16 seconds left gave the Grizzlies the ball with a 108-103 lead.Bradley made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to provide the winning margin.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It was the first time that Valanciunas had been a part of a win at FedExForum since joining the team at the trade deadline.“It felt really good and was really needed,” the 7-foot center said. “It’s fun to play with this group.”TIP-INSLakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 12th straight game with a left ankle sprain. … With an assist in the first quarter, James moved past Andre Miller for 10th place in NBA history. James entered the game tied with Miller with 8,524 assists. … Los Angeles shot 70 percent (14 of 20) in the first quarter, but trailed 34-31. For the game, the Lakers shot 45 percent. … James had 10 points in the fourth. … Ingram was 12 of 18 from the field, including all three of his 3-pointers.Grizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said before the game there was no medical update on F Jaren Jackson Jr. (right thigh bruise) or timetable for his return. … He also had no update on Kyle Anderson, who missed his 10th straight game with right shoulder soreness. Anderson sought a third opinion on the injury last week. … Bradley was helped to the locker room with 2:22 left in the third quarter when he rolled his ankle in front of the Grizzlies bench after trying to block Kuzma’s shot. He returned in the fourth quarter.HAPPY BIRTHDAYNoah, the Grizzlies’ reserve center, turned 34 on Monday.“I’m really happy that we got the win,” Noah said. “I got my people in the building too. And, you know, that’s what it’s all about — playing against the best players, beating the Lakers, competing, winning and just coming back to the locker room happy.”ONE OF A KINDNoah has brought a new energy to the Grizzlies. Asked if he had played with anyone as intense as Noah, Valanciunas replied: “Uh, no. I’ve never played with a guy like this. 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UP NEXTLakers: Host New Orleans on Wednesday.Grizzlies: Host Chicago on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The loss to the Grizzlies, in next-to-last place in the West, came two days after the Lakers lost 128-115 to the Pelicans in New Orleans. That game had James wondering if his teammates’ lack of experience in the playoff hunt had them prepared for the pressure and grind of trying to reach the postseason.This time, James, who finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, couched his comments with optimism, saying it is up to him and his teammates to continue their push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Just to stay positive and keep knocking on the door,” James said when asked about improving through the final stretch of the regular season. “I feel like if we play like we did (Monday), then we’ve got to continue that consistent effort to get us over this hump while we make this push.”Kyle Kuzma finished with 22 for Los Angeles, which is tied with Minnesota in 10th place in the Western Conference — three games out of the final playoff spot occupied by San Antonio. 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Liverpool’s hopes of selling Balotelli and Benteke suffer blow

first_img1 Liverpool’s hopes of selling Mario Balotelli or Christian Benteke to Besiktas seem to be fading.The Turkish champions are on the lookout for a striker and had been linked with the Reds pair, who are peripheral to Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season.But chairman Fikret Orman distanced the club from the duo, suggesting Balotelli’s temperament and Benteke’s £32million asking price were sticking points.“Benteke is a good player that we would want to see come to Besiktas but his he is valued at a very high price. It does not look like an easy deal,” he told reporters.“Balotelli is a major star but a troubled player. He has got an image.“We are interested in other players as well. Ideally we want to sign a striker on loan.” Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli last_img