Grizzlies 111, Celtics 91
There aren't many key moments when a team leads from start to finish and by nearly 20 points for the entire game. So, with that in mind, this section is dedicated to the first quarter performance of the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
Memphis jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Rudy Gay hit the first basket of the game, an eight-foot jumper that dropped through just 38 seconds after tip-off. It didn't take the Grizzlies long to start building on that initial lead after that.
Boston tied the game at 4-4, but the Grizzlies followed that tie up with a run that changed the course of the game. Memphis got nearly any shot they wanted for the remainder of the quarter by breaking down the Celtic defense and finding open teammates. That unselfish brand of basketball helped the Grizzlies log nine more field goals in the period, including six that came from inside 10 feet from the hoop. Gay, Zach Randolph and reserve Sam Young were the benefactors of the ball movement, scoring seven, seven and nine points in the quarter, respectively.
While Memphis was busy carving up Boston's defense, the C's looked lost and confused at the other end of the floor. Aside from Ray Allen, who hit three of six shots in the period, not a single Celtic made more than one basket. There were plenty, however, that missed. Seven C's missed shots in the quarter, and four of them went o'fer. Only Allen (six points), Rajon Rondo (three points) and Kendrick Perkins (two points) managed to make a field goal for Boston, as the team shot only 25 percent in the quarter and finished with 12 points.
The score was 27-12 after the first 12 minutes, and there was zero drama from that point on.
Key Box Score Line
For the second consecutive night, an opponent holds down the key stat line against the C's. Tonight, that player is Rudy Gay, who racked up a game-high 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go along with his eight rebounds. He was only one of the success stories in the Grizzlies' well-balanced offense tonight, but he set the tone from start to finish for his teammates.
Box Score Nuggets
- Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo tied for the team-high with 17 points.
- Memphis outrebounded Boston 48-29.
- Rasheed Wallace scored 11 points and tied a career high with six steals.
- The Celtics committed only nine turnovers.
- Rudy Gay was the only Memphis starter to eclipse 34 minutes of playing time.
- Both teams took 80 shots from the field.
- Michael Finley, who scored 10 points, was the only Celtic to make more than 50 percent of his shots, shooting 4-of-6.
- Boston shot only 6-of-21 from 3-point range, while Memphis shot 9-of-16.
- The Grizzlies scored at least 27 points in every quarter.
- Both teams recorded 21 assists.
- The Celtics never led in the game.
- Rudy Gay scored a game-high 28 points.
- Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol tied for the game-high with 10 rebounds.
- Boston scored only 12 points in the first quarter, but put up 30 in the third.
- Mike Conley finished with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for Memphis.
- Marcus Williams scored 16 points off the bench for the Grizzlies.
Quote of the Night
Lionel Hollins on his timeout strategy: "I was telling [my players] to keep being aggressive. I watched the Washington Wizards come in here the other noght and literally beat the Celtics up for three and half quarters and then quit playing, and the Celtics came back and won the game. I told them whatever happens, whatever run, we'll call timeout and try to stem the run, but when we go back out there we're gonna be aggressive."