Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Irving shines as Celtics Beat Grizzlies 109-98

Irving shines as Celtics Beat Grizzlies 109-98

The Boston Celtics continue to roll.

But through six games, an admittedly tiny sample size, Monroe's presence has had the opposite effect.

Kyrie Irving was feeling it in the first, dropping 11 points (4-5 FG) of his team-high 25 points just in that quarter.

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Andrew Harrison, who led the Grizzlies with 17 points Saturday, said after the game, "We didn't stick together again, started getting frustrated, started trying to come back all on one play, started trying to come back on our own".

Celtics: Irving has scored at least 25 points in nine of his last 14 games. The Celtics rallied during Memphis' drought, and used a 22-6 run to increase their lead to 55-30.

Celtics ran away with it, final score 109-98.

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The Boston Celtics were the NBA's hottest team for the first two months of the season before coming back to earth a bit once the calendar flipped to 2018. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.7 rebounds.

Led by Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies started out the night with an 8-1 lead in the first quarter but it was all downhill from there for Memphis. In all, the Grizzlies were missing five players in Miami. Brown and Morris (8 rebounds) each poured in 13 points. The Grizzlies big men pushed their team in the second half - where Memphis pulled to within 11 - but it wasn't enough to overcome the 28-point hole that they dug themselves in early in the third quarter.

In his third game back, Marcus Smart played solid defense but didn't shoot the ball well.

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The C's will look to bring another balanced effort to the court on Wednesday night when they welcome Dwight Howard and the Charlotte Hornets to the TD Garden. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell live on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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