clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Celtics spoil Jeff Green's return to Boston, top Grizzlies 95-92

New, comments

Jeff Green is feeling blue in his return to Boston, as C's grind out a win over the Grizzlies.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

You have to expect a low scoring affair whenever the Memphis Grizzlies come to town and this proved to be no exception. Memphis leads the league in points allowed at 95.5 per game, but Boston was able to beat them at their own grit 'n' grind game.

Avery Bradley hit a long two-point jumper to cap his team-high 17 points in the game's final few seconds to put the Celtics up by three. Memphis would get one last chance to tie the game, but Mike Conley's desperation three clanged off the rim and Zach Randolph couldn't corral the rebound to get his team another shot before the final buzzer.

Conley scored a game-high 20 points, despite briefly exiting with a sprained ankle in the third quarter. He returned in the 4th quarter, but wasn't able to aggressively attack the basket like he did early on.

Boston's strategy of double-teaming the Grizzlies imposing frontcourt proved to be effective, as Randolph and Marc Gasol were held to a combined 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Despite their size advantage, the Celtics did a decent job keeping them off the boards, limiting each of them to single-digit rebounds.

Jeff Green struggled in his return to Boston for the first time since the Celtics traded him earlier this season. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting and posted a team worst -8 in +/- for the game. He also missed a layup late in the 4th quarter that would have given Memphis the lead.

Even without Isaiah Thomas in the lineup tonight (bruised back/elbow), Boston was able finish strong in the 4th quarter with 31 points in the frame to close out the victory.