Bayless leads Grizzlies past winless Celtics 95-88

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm •  Published: November 4, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jerryd Bayless finally found his range, Memphis clamped down on defense and the Grizzlies used the combination for a victory.

Bayless keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring all of his 15 points in the period, to lead Memphis to a 95-88 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

Bayless was 6 of 7 in the quarter as Memphis erased a six-point Boston lead with just under 9 minutes to play.

"That's what Jerryd does. He's a volume scorer," said Memphis guard Tony Allen, who had four steals. "He can fill it up. . That was big for us."

Zach Randolph and Mike Conley also had 15 for Memphis, Conley handing out eight assists. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points, while Jared Sullinger scored 16, going 2 of 3 from outside the arc. Avery Bradley scored 14, and Jordan Crawford finished with 12.

The Celtics fell to 0-4 under rookie coach Brad Stevens, the first time Boston has lost its first four games since the 1969-70 season.

"I think you just understand where we are and where we have to go," Stevens said. "You do your best to focus on what's next and not pay too much attention to anything else."

The Celtics, who are the worst team in the league at committing turnovers, matched their average with 21, while Memphis wasn't much better with 19.

"Our biggest thing right now is turning the ball over, there's no question about it," Stevens said. "If we don't do that, we're going to have a better chance of winning."

Memphis held the Celtics to 33 percent shooting in the final quarter, while Memphis was 10 of 15, and it was all Bayless. Only two other Memphis players took more than one shot in the fourth - Allen and Jon Leuer with two each.

"I kept looking at my staff saying: 'When should I put Mike Conley in,'" Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "And then Jerryd Bayless kept making buckets, and I would be silly if I took Jerryd Bayless out of the game."

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