The Grizzlies came into action Wednesday night against the Celtics winners of 8 out of their last 10 games. Boston however, looked to extend their winning streak against Memphis to 8 straight, and 6 straight in Boston.
Some slow play and multiple turnovers saw Boston jump ahead 7-2 in the first 5 minutes of play. Memphis then used a 13-2 run of their own to take a 6 point lead before Boston would close it to just a single point. The Grizzlies made 7 straight shots and 9 of their last 12 to end up taking a two-point lead into the 2nd quarter, 27-25.
Boston scored two straight baskets to start the third to retake the lead, and kept that advantage until a Grayson Allen floater at the 8:05 mark putt Memphis back up 37-35. That was part of a 9-0 run in total to give Memphis a seven-point advantage. Two threes each from Daniel Theis and Jayson Tatum helped lead a 23-2 run to close the 2nd quarter to lead by 14 at the break, 58-44.
The Grizzlies were held to 17 points in the 2nd, had 11 turnovers in the 1st half, and only shot 38% from the floor, while Boston shot 48% from the floor including 21 points from Tatum. Jonas Valanciunas had 11 in the 1st half for the Grizzlies.
The two teams traded baskets to start the 3rd before 4 straight threes from Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, and Kemba Walker led to a 25-point Celtic lead at the 6:53 mark. Things would continue to get even worse as Boston would stretch the lead out to as many as 36 to lead 99-63 at the end of three. Memphis went ice cold from the floor while Boston outscored the Grizzlies 41-19 in the 3rd.
Boston would eventually stretch it up two more points to 38, the biggest deficit of the season for the Grizzlies. Memphis would keep plugging away throughout the 4th, shaving a few points off the lead and outscoring the Celtics 32-20 in the final period.
Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 23 points before leaving the game with an alleged groin injury. For the Grizzlies, Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards, while four others finished in double figures including both Jaren Jackson Jr. and Solomon Hill finishing with 13 each.
Memphis travels to Detroit next to take on the Pistons this Friday, where they will look to break their two-game skid. Tip is scheduled for 6:00pm central.