They took the lead over the Lakers in the first quarter and never let go. The Lakers, playing their third road game in four nights, now have lost all four road games this season and their second straight with new coach Mike D'Antoni on the bench. Rudy Gay scored 21 points, and the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-98 on Friday night to improve to 9-2 and take back the NBA's best record. The Memphis Grizzlies had to wait three long days before getting back on the court after a loss snapped their eight-game winning streak. They made up for the wait by continuing the best start in franchise history. "It was good to get the bad taste out of our mouth," Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said.