Recap: Celtics blow 21 point lead and fall to Grizzlies, 101-98

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

By the box score, you’d see that only two teams played basketball in Memphis on Sunday night, but if you watched the game you saw three.

In the first half, the Celtics were dominant leading by as much as 21 points and out running the slow Grizzlies but then that lead and the that Celtics team began to disappear.

In the second half Boston committed silly turnover after silly turnover and couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Back-to-back dunks by Vince Carter and old friend Tony Allen sparked the late surge and electrified the Memphis crowd to the eventual 101-98 victory.

Game Notes

  • The Celtics were absolutely destroyed on the rebounding front by a margin of 20 total boards. What was even more of a killer for the green was Memphis’ 10 rebound advantage on the offensive end.
  • Avery Bradley returned to the line-up from injury and scored 14 points on 5 for 12 shooting.

  • Isaiah Thomas single handedly kelp the C’s in this for most of the game dropping 35 points to go with 5 assists. He also nailed what would have been a game tying three at the end of regulation, but he couldn’t get it off in time.
  • Zach Randolph’s role has changed a bit with Memphis now coming off the bench, but was instrumental in his teams win posting a stat line of 25 points (8-17 shooting), 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.
  • David Lee was brutal off the bench shooting a meek 2-12 for 4 points in 16 minutes.
  • Amir Johnson had a solid night starting a Center. He defended well and also had 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Celtics are now 19-18 on the year and will wrap up the road trip on Tuesday when the face the Knicks in New York City.

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