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Celtics bump Grizzlies, extend home winning strain to 14 games

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics didn’t need a halftime pep talk.

All they indispensable for their 14th loyal feat during home was a sign that they could play better.

“It wasn’t mind surgery,” manager Brad Stevens pronounced after a Celtics incited a three-point halftime necessity into a 16-point lead and coasted to a 116-96 feat over a short-staffed Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

“We usually walked in and said, ‘They’re violence us to each lax round and removing each rebound,'” Stevens said. “‘This is a approach they (can) kick we tonight. So, we possibly have to change that or we won’t win.'”

Isaiah Thomas scored 16 of his 22 points in a third quarter, and 9 of them during a 14-1 run when a Celtics pulled divided after Grizzlies ensure Mario Chalmers left with what seemed to be a critical leg injury.

The Celtics have not mislaid in Boston in some-more than dual months, a camber that has seen them stand from ninth in a East into a conference’s No. 3 seed.

“In a third quarter, we attempted to put it on myself … force a issue, get my guys going,” Thomas said. “Luckily we had another half to play, and we altered that around.”

Two nights after startling East-leading Cleveland though 4 of their starters, a Grizzlies postulated a fall that was exacerbated when Chalmers left with what a group called a right feet injury. Chalmers did not seem to means any strike before pulling adult and afterwards wanting assistance to get off a court, incompetent to put any weight on his right leg.

Coach Dave Joerger pronounced following he had no refurbish on Chalmers, who left a locker room in a wheelchair with his right leg in a brace.

“When Mario went down, that was a tough understanding for us,” Joerger said. “Our guys played their tails off. But that group right there … they got cooking and they were tough for us to catch.”

JaMychal Green had a career-high 13 rebounds and matched his personal best with 17 points for a Grizzlies.

Chalmers strike a 3-pointer during a finish of a second entertain to give Memphis a 55-52 lead going into halftime. But a Celtics scored a initial 5 points of a third and led 64-61 when Chalmers had to be helped off a court.

It was 69-64 Boston when a Celtics went on a 14-1 run to open an 18-point lead before Vince Carter done a span of giveaway throws to make it 83-67.

TURNOVERS

Thomas also had 5 assists and a take though it wasn’t all good news for a Celtics indicate guard: He had one turnover — his initial in 4 games.

According to Basketball Reference, a usually actor given 1983-84 who has had during slightest 27 points in 3 loyal games though a turnover was Michael Jordan in 1991.

Asked about a finish of that streak, Stevens deadpanned: “Yeah. We’re going to run tomorrow.”

ATTRITION

The Grizzlies were already blank brazen Zach Randolph (sore right knee) and core Marc Gasol (broken right foot). Chalmers was a backup for Mike Conley, who missed his second loyal diversion with a bruise left foot.

Forward Matt Barnes, who himself returned after blank a Cleveland diversion with a hamstring injury, pronounced it got divided from them when Chalmers went down mid by a entertain and Memphis trailing 64-61.

“Not unequivocally carrying a loyal indicate ensure out there, we consider we were a small unorganized,” Barnes said.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: First-round breeze collect Jarell Martin, who had scored 8 points sum in his NBA career, had 15 of his 16 points in a initial half.

Celtics: F Jared Sullinger missed use on Tuesday and Wednesday with a skin infection though started a game. Kelly Olynyk, who has been out a final 10 games with a distant shoulder, returned to full activity on Tuesday though was not dressed for a game.

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