The Grizzlies lost 90-82 to the Lakers on Sunday, but they got a strong performance off the bench from center Marreese Speights, a recent trade acquisition.
Speights scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Staples Center.
With the injured Zach Randolph out for the next seven week while he heals from a torn medial collateral knee ligament, Memphis needs front-line points from someone else. The 6-10, 255-pound Speights, who has always been offensive minded, might eventually break into the starting lineup.
That would be something for a player that the 76ers basically gave up on. Speights hadn't played a minute this season when Philadelphia traded him last week. The 16th pick in the draft out of Florida in 2008, he played in only 39 games last season, averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.
"I felt good about the trade," Speights said. "It was hard to leave Philadelphia, because it's the only team I've been with. But I need this fresh start."
And the Grizzlies...