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Six Celtics scored in double figures on Monday night. Six Grizzlies also scored in double figures. The Celtics shot over 50% from the field. So did the Grizzlies. Memphis even shot better than the Green from the line (90.9% – 76.2%). So, how did the Celtics come away with their 11th straight win, in a 110-105 final? Three reasons.
That’s three-pointers of course, as the Celtics went 10-20 from beyond the arc, and can thank a late Ray Allen three with his team clinging to a two-point lead with seconds left on the shot clock. The Grizz, meanwhile, went a putrid 1-13 (7.7%) from long distance.
“We improvised a little bit,” Allen said of gathering up the ball with about 4 seconds left on the shot clock. “Then I looked up [at the basket] and it was like 3 [seconds], and I said: ‘This has got to go up.’ That’s one of those things where when you are aware of the clock, you know what kind of shot you’ve got to get up.”
Paul Pierce led the team with 19 points, while Rajon Rondo (9 assists) and Ray Allen each finished with 18 points. Allen finished a prolific 5-6 from beyond the arc, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Rudy Gay led the way for the Grizzlies with 23 points, but he also finished 0-5 from three-point land. O.J. Mayo pitched in 21 points, while Zach Randolph added 20 points and five rebounds.