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Final: Grizzlies 90, Celtics 87

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 23, 2011 08:06 PM

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Final score, Grizzlies, 90-87: Paul Pierce missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Celtics converted on only one possession in the final 3:04. Pierce scored 22 points.

Fourth quarter, :13, Grizzlies, 90-87: The Celtics lost possession out of a timeout, Marc Gasol making a steal then scoring on a lefthand hook. After Glen Davis cut the Celtics' defiit to one point, Zach Randolph misfired at the shot clock buzzer and Rajon Rondo missed a one-hander.

Fourth quarter, 1:29, Grizzlies, 86-85: The Celtics called a timeout after stealing an inbounds pass, then retaining possession as Glen Davis rebounded Ray Allen's miss.

Fourth quarter, 2:51, Grizzlies, 86-85: Paul Pierce, held to 3 first-half points, rallied the Celtics with a 3-point play and 3-pointer in a 31-second span to cut the deficit to 1.

Fourth quarter, 5:52, Grizzlies, 80-77: Glen Davis committed his fifth personal foul, giving Leon Powe a chance for a 3-point play as a timeout was called.

Fourth quarter, 8:30, Celtics, 75-74: The Celtics struggled with the Grizzlies' inside quickness, Nenad Krstic committing his fifth personal foul.

End of third quarter, Celtics, 70-67: After the Celtics had opened up a 7-point lead, Darrell Arthur closed the quarter with a follow and dunk. Paul Pierce sparked the Celtics, scoring 13 points and playing all but the final six seconds of the quarter. Rajon Rondo went the distance in the quarter.

Third quarter, 4:25, Celtics, 65-60: Ray Allen and Paul Pierce converted 3-pointers in a 28-second span. The Celtics were on a 12-2 run over 2:37.

Third quarter, 5:35, Celtics, 59-58: Paul Pierce's layup off a Rajon Rondo assist got the lead back for the Celtics. Memphis went on a 14-4 run over 3:50 spanning the halves. That Grizzly rally overturned a 5-point Celtic advantage, O.J. Mayo's jumper providing Memphis with a 54-49 lead 2:52 into the second half.

End of first half, Celtics, 45-44: Kevin Garnett converted four foul shots to extend an 11-2 run, giving the Celtics a 5-point advantage, their biggest lead of the game. But Memphis closed the half with 4 points in a 26-second span. The Celtics limited the Grizzly starters, but Memphis reserves Darrell Arthur, O.J. Mayo, and Leon Powe provided half the team's points.

Second quarter, 2:06, Celtics, 41-40: Rajon Rondo grabbed a defensive rebound and fed Ray Allen for a layup to cap a 7-2 Celtic run over a 1:12 span.

Second quarter, 4:26, Grizzlies, 36-34: Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout, then another off a Paul Pierce feed 36 seconds later.

Second quarter, 5:21, Grizzlies, 36-28: The Celtics struggled matching up with Leon Powe, who did not miss a shot in scoring 9 points in eight minutes of playing time.

Second quarter, 9:48, Grizzlies, 26-19: Celtics coach Doc Rivers called a timeout after Memphis went on a 6-1 run, interrupted by a defensive three seconds technical foul free throw converted by Ray Allen. The Celtics were out of synch offensively -- Jeff Green and Troy Murphy failed to connect on the inbounds pass to start the quarter, and Delonte West was whistled for an out-of-control charge attempting to beat the shot clock.

End of first quarter, Grizzlies, 20-15: The quarter was as ugly as the score sounds with the Celtics shooting 33 percent and committing six turnovers. The Celtics missed a lot of layups and were sloppy with the ball in the paint. The Grizzlies shot 40 percent and were led by Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur, who each scored 4 points. Tony Allen, who did not receive much of an ovation in his return, also scored 4 points.

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