Last Friday night, the Celtics blew a lead of more than 20 points in the fourth quarter on their way to a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. At the time, that loss made the C’s 0-2.
Tonight, Boston coughed up another late lead – this time of a much lesser margin. Behind big men Zach Randolph and Mark Gasol, the Memphis Grizzlies put on a late charge to defeat the Celtics, handing them their fourth loss of the season.
The C’s led by six points with just over seven minutes left in the game. Newly hired head coach Brad Stevens is still in search of his first NBA regular season victory.
Randolph led the Memphis charge with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Gasol had 14 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Mike Conley also added 15 points, and dished out eight assists.
The Celtics were once again led by Jeff Green on the offensive end. After sitting out the entire fourth quarter in Sunday’s loss, Green played 40 minutes on Monday night. He scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds on 6-12 from the field.
Jared Sullinger was the second-highest scorer with 16 points on 7-11 shooting. Avery Bradley, 14, and Jordan Crawford, 12, were the other two Boston players in double figures.
The Celtics were +1 in the turnover margin, a vast improvement from their recent struggles early on this season.
Boston travels home, and will host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in search of their first win.