The Boston Celtics have been on a hot streak lately and are able to hold off the relentless Memphis Grizzlies 113-103 for a hard fought win for their 6th in the last 7 games.
The Grizzlies were missing Mike Conley and had to rely on some of their big men, including Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and they delivered in a big way. Gasol and Randolph dominated the painted scoring countless times and forcing multiple Celtics’ players into foul trouble. Gasol ended the game with 26 points and 9 assists while Randolph ended with 16 points and 10 boards. Andrew Harrison also played some long, yet solid minutes as well in place Mike Conley and finished with 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
The C’s threatened to run away with the game several times going on multiple runs and taking multiple double-digit leads, but Memphis had an answer for everything. After leading by as much as 13 in the second quarter, the Celtics turned the ball over too many times and let the Grizzlies crawl back in as they seemingly would not go away. Thankfully for Boston, another big fourth quarter performance from Isaiah Thomas and some clutch shooting from Avery Bradley, gave them just enough down the stretch to pull out a win. Thomas ended the game with 21 points and 7 assists and Bradley ended with 23 points and 7 rebounds but they weren’t the only contributors for Boston. Gerald Green gave a solid performance off the bench dropping 19 points and Jae Crowder added 17 points as well.
With some solid defensive efforts in the final minutes, Boston was able to hold off the Grizzlies’ late push for a comeback and get the win on the road. The Celtics are surging at the right time with a tough game come up on Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their building.