Bayless’s 22 lead Grizzlies over Celtics, 100-93
Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) goes up to shoot against Memphis Grizzlies' Kosta Koufos (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) battles Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, center, shoots between Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph (50) and Nick Calathes (12) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON – Jerryd Bayless scored 22 points and Mike Conley had 14 with nine assists to propel the Memphis Grizzlies to a 100-93 win over the Boston Celtics last night.
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’s 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 till 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’s 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 Memphis’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, jumping 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’s 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.
∎ Celtics guard Courtney Lee sprained his left knee in the second half and didn’t return.
∎ Boston F Kelly Olynyk missed his third straight with a sprained right ankle.
∎ Memphis C Marc Gasol was sidelined for the second consecutive game with a sprained MCL in his left knee. He’s expected to be out at least 3-4 weeks.
∎ Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said before the game that the Celtics would have a “small” inside lineup with the 7-foot Olynyk out before the game. It hurt them in the opening quarter.
∎ Boston F Jeff Green was handed a microphone and spoke to the crowd at center court before the tip-off, wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving.
∎ Memphis also beat Boston at home on Nov. 4.