Boston 98, Memphis 80

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #29 Mark Lindsay, #41 Ken Mauer, # SirAllen Conner
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Memphis 16 19 26 19 80
Boston 24 19 26 29 98

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 12-12 7-3 5-9 L2
Boston 13-10 9-6 4-4 W4

Recap


Kevin Garnett tied a season high with 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics rode a strong inside game to a 98-80 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Pierce scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston extend its winning streak to four games.

Reserve forward Chris Wilcox added 12 points and rookie JaJuan Johnson had 10 as the Celtics overcame 20 turnovers in beating a Western Conference opponent for the first time in five attempts this season.

Johnson, seeing his most extensive action of the season, dunked to cap a 7-0 spurt at the outset of the fourth quarter as Boston built a 76-63 lead with 9 1/2 minutes to play and steadily pulled away.

Rudy Gay scored 21 points, including 14 in the third quarter, to keep the Grizzlies within striking range entering the fourth. O.J. Mayo added 15 for Memphis.

The first half featured dueling spurts. Wilcox sparked an 18-4 run to help Boston take a 24-16 first-quarter lead, but Mayo scored nine points to ignite a 16-3 tear to open the second quarter and put the Grizzlies in front 32-27.

The Celtics stormed right back, getting seven points from Pierce in a 16-2 surge to go ahead for good en route to taking a 43-35 edge into halftime.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   Boston
Rudy Gay 21 Scoring Kevin Garnett 24
Mike Conley 4 Assists Rajon Rondo 14
Rudy Gay 7 Rebounds Kevin Garnett 9
Rudy Gay 4 Free Throws Made Paul Pierce 10
O.J. Mayo 2 Steals Rajon Rondo 2
Marreese Speights 2 Blocks JaJuan Johnson 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 80 36.8 3-14 13-16 13 38 5 5 13
Boston 98 49.3 7-20 19-21 28 45 5 9 20

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Charlotte. The Celtics have a W/L % of .692 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game at home against San Antonio. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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