Celtics bounce back and hold off the Grizzlies, 102-93
On the 2nd night of a back-to-back the Celtics regained their composure after a loss on Friday and beat the Grizzlies in Memphis, 102-93. Kyrie Irving led the C's with 20 points and 6 assists, but rookie Jayson Tatum had the best night for the green with 19 points shooting 58.3% from the field to go along with 9 rebounds and a pair of both blocks and steals. He finished a team best +21 in his 34 minutes.
Marc Gasol had himself a night for the Grizzlies with a huge double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, and a potential Celtic trade target come February, Tyreke Evans, had quite an audition with 25 points and 5 assists.
The Celtics opened up a big lead in the 1st as they led 29-8 in what looked sure to be a blowout, as they finished the quarter way up:
End of Q1: Celtics 31, Grizzlies 12
Tatum leads the way with 8pts (2-2 from deep), followed by Irving who's got 7pts and 3ast.
But the Grizzlies didn't fold up shop, as they regained some ground before the half and then followed that up with an offensive explosion in the third quarter from Gasol. He scored 21 points in the 3rd quarter himself and put the Griz back in it as they came all the way back and took a 2-point advantage into the 4th (73-71, Grizzlies).
But Gasol played the whole 3rd quarter, and coach J. B. Bickerstaff decided to give him a blow to start the 4th. The Celtics took full advantage, rattling off a 16-0 run to start the frame and they never looked back.