Wednesday , Dec , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gay’s late game heroics lead Grizzlies past Celts

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay scored the game-winning jump shot with
2.6 seconds on the clock, as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Boston Celtics,
98-96, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Sparked by a pair of Gerald Green free throws with 3:05 remaining, Boston went
on a 14-0 run down the stretch and Delonte West tied it at 94 on an acrobatic
three-point play with 40.4 seconds left.

Chucky Atkins hit a jumper with 20.3 seconds left to finally curtail the
Boston surge and put Memphis ahead by two. Damon Stoudamire fouled Paul Pierce
with 6.7 seconds left, and he converted both free throws to tie the game at

Gay then took a pass from Mike Miller and scored a jumper from the foul line
that bounced off the front of the rim and the backboard with 2.6 seconds on
the clock to put the Grizzlies back up by two. Sebastian Telfair missed a
desperation heave just before the buzzer to preserve the win for Memphis.

“It wasn’t just me,”Gay said. “My teammates put me in good situations. Mike
[Miller] drew the defense and I just went to the right spot and hit the open
shot. I didn’t think about what time (was remaining). I just wanted to help my
team win.”

Atkins scored 19 points and dished six assists for the Grizzlies, who
snapped a three-game losing streak. Dahntay Jones and Lawrence Roberts both
scored 18 points, and Hakim Warrick and Mike Miller added 12 points

Pierce poured in 25 points for the Celtics, who lost their fourth straight.
Green netted 21 points off the bench. Ryan Gomes and West added 12
points apiece. Al Jefferson had nine points and 12 boards.

“Gerald (Green) has clearly earned the minutes,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
“He’s going to have to play more. He’s making shots.

Boston played without center Kendrick Perkins, who was sidelined with plantar
fasciitis and forward Wally Szczerbiak, who has a sprained left ankle.

The Celtics jumped out to an early 28-19 lead heading into the second. Brian
Scalabrine’s three-pointer with 9:24 left in the second capped a 15-3 run to
make the score 36-21 in favor of Boston.

Memphis closed the second quarter on a 17-6 run to take a 46-44 lead at
halftime. Memphis then outscored Boston by six in the third before Boston
outscored Memphis by six in the fourth.

Game Notes

The Grizzlies have lost six of the 11 meetings at Boston, which leads the
overall series by a 12-10 margin.