Grizzlies hold off a late surge to defeat Celtics in Boston

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The Grizzlies avoided another meltdown and topped the Celtics in a Pre-Thanksgiving affair.


Final - 11.27.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis Grizzlies 27 22 20 31 100
Boston Celtics 13 23 23 34 93

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Well, that was much closer than it needed to be. On the night before Thanksgiving, the Grizzlies overcame a late Celtic rally from beyond the arc by the final score of 100-93. Jerryd Bayless led all scorers with 22 off the bench, a site for sore Grizzly fan's eyes.

Things started off well for the Grizzlies as they scored their first 20 points in the paint. Mike Conley, fresh off his worst shooting performance of the season, scored 10 points in the first quarter on 5/6 shooting, but finished with only 14 points and 9 assists, on 6/14 shooting from the field.

The story of the game for the Grizzlies though was the stellar bench play from Ed Davis and Jerryd Bayless. Ed Davis had 11 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks in 24 minutes of game time. He played great minutes, was all over the glass, and showed smart play on the defensive side of the ball. Jerryd Bayless came out and quickly got to the line, something that seemed to get him going. After knocking down both free throws, he began to go off, hitting jumpers from all over the court.

Despite leading by double digits for most of the game, Memphis allowed the Celtics to stay in it, and gave up a flurry of 3's in the waining moments of the game. Boston scored 21 points over the last 4:35 of game time, including four 3-pointers. Overall, the Grizzlies gave up 34 points in the quarter, and 72 over the last two fourth quarters.

Even still, the Grizzlies will take the win as they head home to enjoy a day off with their families before getting ready to play Brooklyn Saturday night.

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