Celtics Game Report: Jaylen Brown-Less Boston Smoothly Beats Grizzlies, 120-107, to Stay Hot


The Boston Celtics were without Jaylen Brown Thursday night due to a right ankle sprain, but it did not matter as the C’s picked up a 120-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday night to stay hot.

It was a fairly even affair in the early going, as the Celtics had a 47-45 lead at the end of the first half. The Celtics would surge into the following period, ending the third quarter up 83-72, and continued to ride their lead right to the finish line.

Aaron Nesmith had a chance to step up big in Brown’s absence, but the wing also suffered a right ankle sprain and did not return. Both Brown and Nesmith now have what appears to be the same injury, and Nesmith did not return to the action.

Jayson Tatum really took over in the fourth quarter, ending his night with a team-high 37 points. Al Horford matched Tatum’s five assists, also posting a second-best 21 points. Marcus Smart was on his playmaking game Thursday as he posted 12 assists along with 18 points.

The Celtics will hope to have Brown and Nesmith back when they take on the Nets Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Boston moves to 38-27 on the season.

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