Grizzlies best Celtics in Memphis
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Jake Tsakalidis paced a balanced
Memphis attack with 19 points and a career-high-tying 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
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.