CELTICS 110 GRIZZLIES 105
The Celtics came into the night knowing that Rudy Gay could go off at any moment. He did just that in the first half, but could not find it again in the 2nd half as he scored 17 in the first 2 quarters, but only 6 the rest of the way. The C’s remained consistent throughout, never falling too far behind or getting too far ahead, to put themselves in a position where they could use their veteran ability of having been in those situations many times before, to pull it out in the end.
In a complete team effort, the Celtics had 6 players scoring double digits. Scoring was led by Pierce who hit big 3′s throughout, and clutch shots late in the fourth. Rajon Rondo did his work again, both getting to the basket and hitting his jumpers. The night was capped off by Ray Allen, though. For the first time in a very long time, Ray hit an extreme percentage from deep. He went 5-6 from 3, the biggest of which came with the shot clock running down coming off a tipped pass to put the Celtics out of reach with 17 seconds left. I would not expect anything less.
It was a high scoring night not completely because the Celtics played poorly on defense, but because the Grizzlies are simply good scorers. Randolph, Mayo, Gay, and Gasol all put up good numbers for their team, and they all came out to play. They hit tough shots, maybe some of them were lucky, but overall I can’t complain too much about the defense. Some of the shots hit were with guys right in their face and on their shooting hand. They made the shots, put in 105, but couldn’t stop us on the other half of the court, as we shot just as well. It had the feeling of a game the Celtics might let slip, but instead took on the challenge and won their 11th straight game and stand at 20-4.
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