NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Memphis 24 38 29 25 116
Boston 35 23 38 26 122
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 18, 2019
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 18,624

Grizzlies stand in way of Celtics' momentum

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Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics

  1. Boston has won six straight meetings with Memphis, scoring 100+ points in all six games. The Grizzlies had won eight of the previous 11 meetings, allowing 100+ points just three times during that span.
  2. Memphis has lost nine of its last 10 games, allowing at least 108 points in all nine losses (allowed 86 in lone win, January 9 vs. San Antonio). The Grizzlies are 9-0 when allowing 95 points or fewer and 10-25 when allowing 96+.
  3. The Celtics' last nine games have all been won by the home team, the team's longest streak since November 30 to December 19, 2012 (10). The last win by a road team in a Boston game was the Celtics' 112-103 win at Memphis on December 29.
  4. The Grizzlies' bench put up 59 points in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks, tied for their most bench points in a game this season. They also got season highs of 32 rebounds and 18 assists from their bench.
  5. Kyrie Irving put up 27 points and a career-high 18 assists in Wednesday's win over Toronto. He is the first Celtics player to put up at least 25 points and 18 assists in a game since Sherman Douglas had 27 points and 22 assists on April 3, 1994 at Philadelphia.
  6. In five home games this month, Gordon Hayward has averaged 19.0 points per game, all off the bench. Hayward is the first Celtics player to score 95+ points off the bench in a five-game home span since Ricky Davis from March 25 to April 15, 2005 (also 95).

One team that believes it just sent a loud and clear message to the rest of the league goes head-to-head with a team desperately seeking such a statement win when the Boston Celtics host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Celtics (26-18) are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, a 117-108 home triumph over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The win came on the heels of a three-game losing streak that had threatened to drop the Celtics's status in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Despite still trailing the Raptors by six games in the Atlantic, Celtics star Kyrie Irving felt compelled to make a proclamation to reporters shortly after the final buzzer.

"It felt good to get this win against a great team like the Raptors and kind of make a statement for ourselves that we're obviously capable of playing against the best and beating the best," he said.

Memphis also has been going head-to-head with some of the NBA's best in the past week, but without the same success.

The Grizzlies, the last-place team in the Southwest Division, ended a two-game trip with a 112-94 blowout loss at Houston on Monday, then returned home and couldn't keep up with the Milwaukee Bucks in a 111-101 defeat two days later.

Memphis (19-25) has lost three straight, nine of 10 and 14 of 17. The Grizzlies have attempted to take steps toward igniting a turnaround with the recent acquisition of Justin Holiday from the Chicago Bulls.

In his sixth game with the Grizzlies, Holiday was thrust into the starting lineup against the Bucks and didn't do much to impact the club's skid. He missed 3 of 4 shots on a five-point night that was highlighted by four steals.

Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff defended the promotion after the game, telling reporters, "We need him to play well. We need him to be comfortable so that he can contribute at the level that we think he can. We'll never do anything to the detriment of the team, but when you make a trade for a guy, there's a commitment to give him some sort of opportunity."

Holiday has yet to recapture the offensive magic he displayed with the Bulls this season, when he scored in double figures 22 times and was averaging 11.6 points per game, the second-most of his career, at the time of the trade.

He has yet to score more than six points in any game for the Grizzlies while shooting just 17.2 percent overall and 1 of 13 on 3-pointers.

Holiday didn't have much luck with the defensive-minded Celtics in two games for the Bulls earlier this season, shooting a combined 4-for-20 while totaling just 11 points.

Irving had 26 points when the Celtics won 112-103 at Memphis last month. The Celtics shot 50 percent in the game, one of just 12 times this season that's happened.

One of those occasions was Wednesday's win over Toronto, a game in which Irving showed the way with 27 points and 18 assists.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 17, 2019

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