Sunday, February 12, 2023

Celtics 119, Grizzlies 109: Derrick White leads eight C's players in double-figure scoring to beat Memphis

The shorthanded Celtics get it done again, as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 119-109 on Super Sunday at TD Garden.

Derrick White continued his hot streak -- starting in place Marcus Smart (ankle sprain) for the 10th straight game -- scoring 23 points, hitting 4-of-9 from deep and dishing out 10 assists, while Sam Hauser replaced Jaylen Brown (facial fracture) in the lineup to tie a career-high of six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points.
"We have some of our top dogs out now and it's just an opportunity for guys to showcase what they can do," Hauser said in his postgame presser. "Try to fill that void of the guys that were out. They bring a lot to the table. We try to do our best to do whatever we can to help the team win."
Al Horford returned from sitting out of the team's 127-116 win over the Charlotte Hornets to add 16 points (4-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc), nine rebounds and five assists. Jayson Tatum also had 16 points and Robert Williams notched 10 points, 16 rebounds for the Celtics -- who have won four in a row and improved to 41-16 on the season.

Boston played without Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles), as Payton Pritchard chipped in 12 points (4-of-7 from 3) and newcomer Mike Muscala netted 10 points off the bench.
"That's the beauty of this team," said White in his postgame comments. "We're just so deep. We've got a lot of guys that can do a little bit of everything."
Ja Morant led Memphis with 25 points, seven assists, while Desmond Bane recorded 18 points, seven assists and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 15 points, seven rebounds -- as the Grizzlies fell to 34-22.

The Celtics held Memphis to 20 second quarter points and took a 61-48 advantage into halftime, before the Grizzlies used a 15-2 spurt to start the third and tie the game at 63 a piece with 7:13 remaining in the period.

Boston was ahead by one when they went on 16-7 run early in the fourth to go up 104-94 with 4:16 left to play -- outscoring the Grizzlies 15-5 the rest of the way to end the afternoon.

Eight players scored in double-figures for the C's and they led by as many as 15, while the Grizz's largest lead was nine.

The Celtics head to Milwaukee to face the Bucks (39-17) on Tuesday night, TNT has the tip-off at 7:30 ET PM.

Game Notes:

Boston went 44.3% from the field, including 41.5% (21-of-51) from long distance, while the Grizzlies were 50% from the floor and 35.3% (12-of-34) from 3-point range. The Celtics out-rebounded Memphis 54-34, but were outscored in the paint 60-34. The C's had 28 assists on 39 baskets and the Grizz handed out 24 dimes on 42 made shots.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of USA Today

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