Jerryd Bayless got hot at the wrong time. At least in the eyes of Boston Celtics fans around the world.
Bayless sparked the Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Celtics Monday night by shooting the lights out in the fourth quarter. He entered the fourth quarter with zero points on 0-of-4 shooting. He finished the contest with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
That’s right – Bayless made six of his seven shot attempts during the fourth quarter and tacked on two more free throws to round out his point total at 15. Several of those shots came at key moments, including one that tied the game up at 82-82, and a 3-pointer that put the Grizzlies on top 87-86 with 4:18 remaining in the game.
That shot from downtown was the final basket of the game for Bayless, but it was a dagger. The Celtics made just one field goal from that point on as they eventually fell 95-88.
Key Box Score Line
Jeff Green is at his best when he’s in attack mode. He was at his best Monday night in Memphis.
Green finished the contest with a game-high 22 points thanks to his relentless approach of the basket. He didn’t settle, not one bit. Instead, he forced the Grizzlies to send him to the line for a game-high 12 free throw attempts. He capitalized on nine of those shots while also shooting 6-of-12 from the floor.
While Green led the game in scoring, he was also active in other areas. He grabbed five boards, dished out an assist and blocked one shot.
If Brad Stevens was trying to send a message to Green by playing him only nine minutes during the second half of Sunday’s game, that message was apparently received. Green looked like a completely different player on Monday and was unstoppable when he was in attack mode.
Box Score Nuggets
- Three Celtics shot 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
- Neither team grabbed more than 36 rebounds.
- Jeff Green scored a game-high 22 points thanks to a 9-of-12 showing at the free-throw line.
- Vitor Faverani led Boston in rebounding with six boards.
- Zach Randolph and Tony Allen each finished with a plus-17 mark in the plus/minus category.
- Each team had four players score in double-figures.
- Jared Sullinger scored 16 points off the bench for Boston, while Jerryd Bayless scored 15 off the bench for Memphis.
- Boston limited Memphis to just 34 points in the paint.
- Brandon Bass' three blocked shots were more than the entire Grizzlies team totaled (two).
- Mike Conley dished out a game-high eight assists.
- Randolph committed a game-high five turnovers.
- Avery Bradley shot 6-of-12 from the field en route to 14 points.
Quote of the Night
I thought we did a heck of a job tonight in a lot of ways. Out of the four games that we've played, this is the best we've played, but it's not much of a silver lining for the guys in the locker room or for me right now. Brad Stevens on his team's performance