Celtics topple Grizzlies
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points as the Boston
Celtics took down the new-look Memphis Grizzlies, 128-119.
Tony Allen scored 20 points for Boston, which had lost seven of eight entering
the game. The Celtics continued to play without Paul Pierce, who has sat out
with a left foot injury since December 20.
Delonte West scored 16 points and tallied 11 assists for Boston and Brian
Scalabrine scored 16 points as well. Al Jefferson scored 12 points and grabbed
Mike Miller and Pau Gasol scored 24 points each for the Grizzlies, who have
flourished offensively under interim head coach Tony Barone. Miller also had a
career-high 14 assists. Damon Stoudamire scored 17 points and doled out nine
assists, and Stromile Swift scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who had won
two of three entering the game.
West hit a three to open the fourth quarter that put the Celtics up 100-90,
and Boston was able to keep Memphis at arms length the rest of the way and
cruise to the nine-point victory.
A Stoudamire jumper had brought Memphis to within 77-73 with just over seven
minutes left in the third quarter, but Boston responded with eight straight
points, capped by two West free throws that put the Celtics up 85-73 with 5:41
left in the third.
Memphis trailed 97-90 entering the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies started the game in the same up-tempo that has characterized the
team under Barone, and an Alexander Johnson dunk put Memphis up 15-8 with 7:42
left in the first quarter. The Celtics cut into the Memphis lead, though, and
a Sebastian Telfair jumper with four seconds left brought Boston to within
36-34 entering the second quarter.
The Celtics scored seven straight in the second to jump out in front, with a
reverse lay-in by West putting Boston up 49-41 with four and a half minutes
left. Memphis heated up at the end of the quarter, and a Stoudamire three with
24 seconds left knotted the game at 58-58 at the half.
Memphis is now 2-2 under Barone…Memphis topped 100 points just six times in
30 games under recently axed head coach Mike Fratello, but have scored 100-
plus in all four games under Barone…Boston improved to 2-6 in this current
stretch without Pierce.