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Boston Celtics at Memphis Grizzlies

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Kristaps Porzingis scores 26, including winning dunk with a minute left as Celtics defeat Grizzlies

Check out this sweet dime from Santi Aldama

Porzingis’ dunk was followed by a flurry of missed shots including a 3-point attempt by Santi Aldama with 4 seconds left. Ziaire Williams’ 18-footer as time expired was blocked by Porzingis — his sixth of the game — as Boston held on to win its sixth straight.

Jayson Tatum finished with 20 points and Sam Hauser added 15 for Boston, including 5 of 7 from outside the arc. Tatum had nine rebounds and five assists, but committed eight of Boston's 17 turnovers.

“We were just undisciplined. We didn’t execute defensively as far as our personnel and our tendencies,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said.

Desmond Bane led Memphis with 30 points, while Aldama added a career-high 28 and Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 17 points. Aldama, who also had 12 rebounds, was 11 of 27 from the field, including 6 of 15 from outside the arc.

“He was awesome,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Career night (scoring). Twelve rebounds, six assists. Six made 3s. He’s got so much versatility.”

“I’m lucky to have teammates and a coaching staff that trust me,” Aldama said. “Obviously, I believe in my shot, but everybody does.”

Memphis, with a makeshift lineup, stayed close through the night and even took the lead on several occasions in the second half. Memphis led 100-98 with 1:48 left. But the Celtics were able to pull out the victory as Porzingis converted a pair of free throws and the winning dunk.

There were seven ties and 18 lead changes.

Memphis, as it has done most of the season, played without key players. Last year’s leading scorer Ja Morant is serving a 25-game suspension to start the season. The Memphis frontline has been depleted by a season-ending injury to center Steven Adams, while backup Brandon Clarke is still recovering from an Achilles injury.

The injury report also includes point guard and former Celtic Marcus Smart, who sat out with a left foot sprain. Smart played his entire career with Boston before an off-season trade landed him in Memphis.

Meanwhile, the Celtics were at full strength, including Jaylen Brown, who was listed as questionable on the pre-game injury report.

Porzingis benefitted from going against the smaller Memphis lineup. Despite Memphis playing thin on the frontline, Porzingis, who finished 9 of 13 from the field, said the game plan was not necessarily to focus on that mismatch.

“We just played our game,” Porzingis said. “I tried to take advantage of some of the mismatches. It was just one of those games that kind of happened naturally.”

The Celtics shot 51% in the first half and held Memphis to 38%. Boston led 56-53 lead at the break.

“We got lucky to win that game” Mazzulla said.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Wrap up a four-game road trip Monday in Charlotte.

Memphis: Travels to Houston to face the Rockets and former teammate Dillon Brooks on Wednesday.

Regular Season Series

BOS leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Grizzlies: 15.7%
Celtics: 84.3%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 102 - 100
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 102 - 100
4th 0.0 Grizzlies offensive team rebound 102 - 100
4th 0.0 Kristaps Porzingis blocks Ziaire Williams 's 18-foot two point shot 102 - 100
4th 0.1 Ziaire Williams offensive rebound 102 - 100

Statistics

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35-77 FG 37-95
45.5 Field Goal % 38.9
12-31 3PT 17-44
38.7 Three Point % 38.6
20-25 FT 9-10
80.0 Free Throw % 90.0
45 Rebounds 42
9 Offensive Rebounds 14
36 Defensive Rebounds 28
20 Assists 28
6 Steals 7
10 Blocks 5
17 Turnovers 9
0 Team Turnovers 2
17 Total Turnovers 11
1 Technical Fouls 0
1 Total Technical Fouls 0
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
19 Points Off Turnovers 18
9 Fast Break Points 7
42 Points in Paint 32
19 Fouls 21
10 Largest Lead 3

Game Information

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Location: Memphis, TN
Attendance: 17,798 · Capacity:

2023-24 Atlantic Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Boston 43 12 .782 - W6
New York 33 22 .600 10 L4
Philadelphia 32 22 .593 10.5 L1
Brooklyn 21 33 .389 21.5 L2
Toronto 19 36 .345 24 L3

2023-24 Southwest Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
New Orleans - 22 W3 0.6 33
Dallas 1 23 W6 0.58181816 32
Houston 8.5 30 L1 0.44444445 24
Memphis 13.5 36 W2 0.35714287 20
San Antonio 22 44 L1 0.2 11
Full Standings

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