Grizzlies best Celtics in Memphis
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Jake Tsakalidis paced a balanced Memphis
attack with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as the Grizzlies easily
bested Boston, 93-76, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Chucky Atkins added 18 points for Memphis, which snapped a two-game skid. Mike
Miller netted 14 points off the bench and Eddie Jones and Pau Gasol both
contributed 13 in the win.
Wally Szczerbiak had 18 points for the Celtics, who lost for the second time
in three games. Paul Pierce was held to a season-low 15 points while Raef
LaFrentz had 10 in the loss.
Down by 18 points entering the final frame, Boston tried to make it a game.
The Celtics scored six straight points midway through the quarter to cut the
deficit to 10. Brian Scalabrine capped the mini-run with a triple to make the
score 77-67 with 6:10 left in the game.
But, Memphis quickly responded. Atkins buried a trey from the left wing and
Tsakalidis followed with an emphatic slam to expand the Grizzlies cushion back
to 15, 82-67, with 4:55 on the clock.
After Kendrick Perkins buried a pair from the line, Jones connected on another
triple to make it 85-69 with 4:13 remaining.
The Grizzlies then coasted the rest of the way for the victory.
Memphis raced out to a 23-16 lead after the first 12 minutes and extended the
advantage to 16, 50-34, by intermission. The Grizzlies led 72-54 after three
Boston shot just 37.8 percent from the floor…The Grizzlies dominated the
boards with a 41-27 advantage…Memphis is 20-10 at FedEx Forum this
season…The Celtics are a woeful 8-23 on the road.