Basketball: Lakers' Hachimura nets 20 as Grizzlies square series 1-1

Rui Hachimura scored 20 points but his Los Angeles Lakers lost 103-93 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, evening their first-round NBA playoff series at one win apiece.

After starring with a 29-point outburst in the teams' first meeting of the postseason, Hachimura again came up big at FedExForum in Memphis with an efficient 7-for-12 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from behind the arc.

The 25-year-old also collected five rebounds, two assists and a steal with no turnovers in 32 minutes of playing time.

With star point guard Ja Morant out due to a hand injury, the Grizzlies got contributions from across the roster. Center Xavier Tillman was the standout with 22 points and 13 rebounds while recently-announced NBA Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

LeBron James led the way for the Lakers with 28 points but his co-star Anthony Davis had a forgettable offensive outing, scoring just 13 points on 14 shots.

The teams face off in the third game of the series on Saturday in Los Angeles, with Morant's status for the game uncertain.

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