The Grizzlies (18-43) are on their longest losing streak since Jan. 6-31, 2009. Their last 12-game losing streak coincided with the one-year anniversary of trading Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for his brother Marc Gasol.
Besides Gasol getting some rest, Andrew Harrison (right wrist) and Tyreke Evans (right rib) are expected to miss Saturday’s game. Chandler Parsons missed Friday’s game with an illness and is expected to play while JaMychal Green might play after sitting out Friday for the same reason.
“We’re sharing the ball, pushing it and playing at the pace we like to play at,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the win in Miami. “Tonight we were making the simple extra pass instead of trying to hold for quick shots or try to make spectacular passes.”
Los Angeles beat the Spurs on Jan. 11 in the two teams’ first meeting of the season and have won two straight against San Antonio. The Spurs still have won eight of the past 10 against Los Angeles and own an 86-79 all-time edge over the Lakers, including a 51-32 advantage at home.
“Great teams win on the road,” Beal said after Washington won its fourth consecutive road game and fifth in the last six away from home. “You won’t have success unless you win on the road.”
But any win over a fellow Eastern Conference playoff hopeful can boost a team’s confidence, especially on the road.
“From the arena to the players to the (officials), it definitely felt like a playoff atmosphere,” Oladipo said. “It was a great win for us.”
With his team trailing by five, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 8.9 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic hit two foul shots at the other end to seal it and hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss.