Celtics finish 2nd in East with 139-110 win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 31 points, Jaylen Brown added 18 and the Boston Celtics clinched the second seed in the East by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 139-110 on Sunday in the season finale. regular season for both. teams

Al Horford added 13 points as the Celtics shot close to 55% against the Grizzlies. With Milwaukee’s loss to Cleveland the previous Sunday, Boston was able to move into second place with the win.

Santi Aldama led Memphis with 20 points and Ziaire Williams finished with 18 points. John Konchar posted his first career triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Kyle Anderson scored 16 points.

The teams took different approaches to the game based on their positions in the standings. Memphis was playing the regular season having clinched the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Phoenix Suns.

Boston got into a jam for the 2-4 seeds, competing for postseason placement with Milwaukee and Philadelphia. That meant all the Celtics regulars were playing against the Grizzlies reserves.

And Memphis’ makeshift lineup couldn’t keep up with the Celtics’ regular rotation.

The Celtics steadily built the lead in the first half shooting 63%, including 11-for-22 from outside the arc. That, coupled with Memphis’ struggles at 34%, gives the Celtics a 72-49 halftime lead, the most points the Grizzlies have given up in the first half this season.

The Celtics continued to hold the lead in the third period, leading 104-79 when Boston coach Ime Udoka set up the starters for the fourth quarter.

TIPS:

Celtics: Nik Stauskas missed his fourth game with a sprained right ankle. … Tatum had 14 points in the first quarter. He converted a four-point play late in the first half. … The 72 points scored in the first half tied the most Boston has scored in a first half this season. The Celtics also had 72 against Minnesota on March 27. … C Daniel Theis had 11 points and tied his season high for rebounds with 10, the fourth time he has reached that mark.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Ziaire Williams in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. .

Grizzlies: G Desmond Bane set a franchise record for free throw percentage at 90.4. The previous record was OJ Mayo in the 2008-09 campaign. … The injured list included Steven Adams (left ankle soreness), Dillon Brooks (right hip soreness), Jaren Jackson Jr. (left thigh soreness), Tyus Jones (left hand soreness) and Ja Morant (right knee pain management). …Desmond Bane and Brandon Clarke were listed as questionable and, while they weren’t ruled out, they didn’t play.

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