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Keys to the Game: Celtics 109, Grizzlies 98

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Blowout City. That’s what Monday night was, as the Celtics picked apart the Grizzlies during a 109-98 win.

Trust us: the score does not indicate how non-competitive this game was.

It didn’t take long for Boston to take control of this contest; the first quarter hadn’t even ended before such took place.

Memphis hung with the C’s through the first nine-plus minutes of the game, pulling to within 23-22 after Marc Gasol slammed a dunk home with 2:45 remaining in the opening frame. From that point on, however, it was all Boston.

The Celtics scored 10 of the final 12 points of the quarter to open their lead up to nine points heading into the second frame. The 10-2 run to close the period was highlighted by back-to-back 3s from guard Terry Rozier, who cashed in on his second attempt from long range with 9.4 seconds left in the quarter.

It was all Boston from there on out, as the Celtics pulled ahead by as many as 28 points during the second half. This game was such a blowout that the C’s bench was able to carry the team through the fourth quarter while All-Stars Al Horford and Kyrie Irving rested on the bench.

Key Player

Kyrie Irving scored more than a point per minute Monday night – just barely.

Irving finished Monday’s 109-98 win over the Grizzlies with 25 points after logging just 24:55 of playing time. He did not play the entire fourth quarter after hitting eight of his 13 shot attempts and five of his eight 3-pointers during the first three quarters of the game. Irving has now scored 25 or more points during nine of his last 14 games overall.

Despite his limited playing time, the All-Star point guard narrowly surpassed his scoring average on the season (24.7 points per game), nearly doubled his rebounding average (3.7 rebounds per game) with six, and nearly matched his assist average (5.1) with five. His five assists tied Marcus Smart for the team’s high mark.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Five Celtics scored in double-figures, highlighted by three reserves.
  • Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 25 points.
  • Terry Rozier led all reserves with 15 points.
  • Despite being blown out for the majority of the night, Memphis somehow tallied more assists (27) than Boston (25).
  • JaMychal Green led the Grizzlies with 21 points.
  • Every member of Boston's team who appeared in the game scored at least two points.
  • Boston led by as many as 28 points.
  • Both teams scored 42 points in the paint.
  • Green logged the game's only double-double with his 21 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Marcus Smart grabbed a game-high three steals.
  • Daniel Theis logged 12 points and seven rebounds off of Boston's bench.
  • Marcus Morris led the Celtics with eight rebounds. He also scored 13 points.
  • Irving made as many 3-pointers as Memphis' entire team.

Quote of the Night

We'll continue to play him. We have great confidence in him.

Brad Stevens on Greg Monroe, who did not appear in Monday's game.

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