November 27, 2013

NBA roundup: Celtics fall to Grizzlies

Boston trails early and never really comes close.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Jerryd Bayless scored 22 points and Mike Conley had 14 with nine assists Wednesday night to propel the Memphis Grizzlies to a 100-93 victory against the Boston Celtics.

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Boston Celtics’ Kris Humphries, left, and Jeff Green (8) battle for a rebound with Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Miller (13), Ed Davis, center, and Kosta Koufos, second from right, in the first quarter o in Boston on Wednesday.

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WHO: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: TD Garden

Zach Randolph scored 13 points, Tony Allen 12 and Ed Davis had 11 with seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who posted their fifth consecutive road win after losing two straight home games.

Jeff Green led the Celtics with 26 points, Jared Sullinger had 23 and Avery Bradley 16. Sullinger added 12 rebounds.

The Grizzlies grabbed the lead in the game’s opening minutes and never trailed the rest of the way, though Boston made a late charge in the last two minutes.

Memphis’ five-game road winning streak is two off the club record set from Feb. 17-March 10, 2010.

Boston had won its last two games, both on the road.

Memphis opened a double-digit lead late in the first quarter en route to a 49-36 halftime edge.

Grizzlies guard Mike Miller and a few of his teammates came out to warm up for the second half and there were no basketballs on the court. They had to stand around and wait a few minutes until some were brought out.

It didn’t matter because they were getting enough easy shots to keep fending off any charge the Celtics made.

Boston cut its deficit to nine points three times in the third, but the Grizzlies kept going inside against the Celtics’ interior defense. Seven of Memphis’ nine baskets in the quarter came from inside the lane.

Miller and Bayless each hit 3-pointers in the fourth and Memphis never allowed Boston to get close until Sullinger hit a pair of late 3-pointers and scored eight straight points in the closing two minutes.

Bradley’s 3 with 14.4 seconds left cut Indiana’s lead to 96-93. Bayless made two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to seal it.

In the first half, the Grizzlies scored the final 11 points of the first quarter, pulling to a 27-13 lead at the break. Boston hit only 5 of 18 shots from the field in the quarter. Bayless had three points and Miller nailed a 3 during the spree. Memphis’ first eight baskets in the game came from layups or very short jumpers.

Bayless scored seven points as Memphis had 11 of the first 17 points in the second, pushing its lead to 38-19 midway into the quarter.

Bradley nailed a 3 from the left corner for Boston, slicing the gap to 45-34, but the Celtics never narrowed it into single digits in the opening half.

MAGIC 105, 76ERS 94: Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 16 rebounds as Orlando won at home to post back-to-back wins for the first time since early this month.

Glen Davis had 19 points, for Orlando.

The game was the first meeting between rookies Michael Carter-Williams and Oladipo.

PACERS 99, BOBCATS 74: C.J. Watson knocked down five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points at Charlotte, N.C., to pace the torrid Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight victory.

The Pacers (14-1) came in with the NBA’s best defense and limited the Bobcats to 31 percent shooting.

BULLS 99, PISTONS 79: Taj Gibson had a career-high 23 points and Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter at Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Pistons stayed close for most of the game, but managed only seven points in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter. That allowed Chicago to increase its lead to as many as 24 points as the Bulls ended a four-game losing streak.

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