Recap: Celtics second half surge puts them past Memphis, 116-96

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

In 1991, “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. was topping the charts and a young freshman in Inglewood, CA named Paul Pierce was getting used to high school.

That was the last time the Boston Celtics had a home winning streak as good as this one.

Boston extended its home winning streak to 14 games (the most in TD Garden history) beating the Memphis Grizzlies 116-96 on Wednesday night.

Both the Celtics and Grizzles struggled in the first half. Maybe the C’s were shaking off the rust after not playing for a few days, but Memphis took advantage especially at the line going there 18 times and on the offensive glass grabbing 9 boards to Boston’s 2.

The second half is where the Celtics ran away with this one. Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his final 22 points in the 3rd quarter. Boston outscored Memphis 31-12 in the 3rd and then 33-29 in the 4th with mostly reserves playing.

The second half surge came after head coach Brad Stevens gave his team a brief, but impactful halftime speech.

Game Notes 

  • Jared Sullinger played tonight despite having a skin issue. He contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sully also had a handful of key defensive plays.

  • Isaiah Thomas’ non turnover streak was snapped at 106 minutes. He is the first player since Michael Jordan (’91) to score 27+ points with 0 turnovers in 3 straight games.

  • Boston shot 46.9% from 3 while Memphis hit just 26.9% of their deep balls.
  • Boston had 19 fast break points.

The Celtics are back on the court on Friday night when the Houston Rockets try to snap the C’s home winning streak.


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