Memphis took care of business against the Celtics at FedExForum Friday night, and never trailed while taking a 117-100 victory.
The Grizzlies received an enormous effort from their big men, as Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Jon Leuer combined to for 67 points and 31 rebounds. Here's how it all went down:
The game's opening quarter was all about the Grizzlies' big three of Gasol, Randolph and Mike Conley. Those three scored all 25 of Memphis' first quarter points, as the Grizzlies won the quarter 25-16. Conley kicked things off with a triple from the top of the key, and then the two sides traded buckets until Memphis pulled ahead with a 9-0 run to give the Grizz a 16-7 lead.
Boston was unable to work the ball inside on the Memphis defense, and settled for a multitude of long-range jumpers. As a result, the Celtics went more than three minutes without scoring twice in the quarter, which allowed the Grizzlies to easily pull ahead.
Jonny Badger. Tennessee Dirk. White Thunder. Jonny Basketball.
Whatever your Jon Leuer nickname of choice is, the backup big man lived up to it in the second quarter. Leuer connected on his first three shots of the quarter, all mid-range jumpers, and went into the halftime break with 10 points, two of which came on this slam that Marcus Thornton wanted absolutely no part of.
Look at that little spin Leuer does when he lands! Jonny Badger's got some #swag in his step!
The Grizzlies kept their foot on the gas throughout the quarter, and went into halftime holding a 14-point lead. Everything seemed to roll Memphis' way in the first half. Late in the second quarter a Courtney Lee three-pointer went off the back and front of the rim before finally falling through the cylinder, and then Tayshaun Prince connected on this contested coast-to-coast three-ball at the buzzer.
The run finally came at the beginning of the second half, as Boston shot out of the gates with a 10-2 run in which all five Celtics on the floor made a field goal. Memphis called a timeout to regroup, and the Grizzlies responded with a 13-4 run of their own fueled by Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, who combined to score every point of the run. Gasol took advantage of Kelly Olynyk, repeatedly taking him into the post and attacking him for easy points inside.
Olynyk made up for it with 14 points of his own in the quarter including two three-pointers, and at one point he scored eight consecutive points for the Celtics. Boston won the quarter 29-27, and Memphis went into the fourth up 82-70.
The Grizzlies lead was never in danger in the fourth quarter, as Memphis' bench continued to put up points to extend the lead. Leuer connected on his first three of the season (on only his third attempt) to start was another productive quarter for former Wisconsin Badger. Leuer added nine points in the quarter, and finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on 9-13 shooting.
Memphis heated up from three to bury the Celtics early in the quarter. Leuer's triple fell first, and then after a Leuer layup Vince Carter and Mike Conley connected from downtown. Marc Gasol went back to work in the post, putting in three more shots to give Big Spain a career-high tying 32 points.
With the victory secured the rookies Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes got some extra run in garbage time. Adams made his way to the free throw line where he hit two shots, while Stokes grabbed one rebound and dished out an assist to Leuer.