Heading into Wednesday night’s matchup with Memphis, the Celtics were feeling good. The winners of two straight were at home the night before Thanksgiving, and were facing the Grizzlies minus the injured Marc Gasol.
Unfortunately, turnovers and lack of ball movement limited the Celtics.
Boston fell into an early 27-13 deficit after the first quarter, came back late in the fourth, but couldn't get a lead and the Memphis Grizzlies went on top the C’s 100-93.
The Celtics cut the lead to 10 at the end of the third period when Jeff Green made a basket going to the rim, and again cut the lead to 10 with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter when Green made another layup.
Jared Sullinger then hit a three-pointer, and tipped in a rebound on the following possesion to cut the lead to 90-85 with 38.9 seconds left.
Jeff Green then hit a deep three with just under 20 seconds left to cut the lead to 94-90.
Then, after Memphis made both foul shots, Avery Bradley cut the lead to three by draining a three-pointer of his own. That would cut the lead to three, but Boston would come no closer.
The guard play from Mike Conley and Jarryd Bayless would prove to much for Boston to handle. Conley had 14 points and nine assists, while Bayless netted a team-high 22 points.
Green led the C’s with 26 points and seven rebounds. For Green, it was a continuation of the first meeting against Memphis where he led all scorers with 22 points.
Jared Sullinger had a 23-point night, as well, and grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with it.
Brandon Bass chipped in with a team-high 13 rebounds and six points.
The Celtics turned the ball over 14 times, double their foe.
Courtney Lee suffered a left knee strain during the game, and did not return to the floor.
With the win Memphis improves to 8-7 on the year. Boston now falls to 6-11, and is back in action Friday against Cleveland.