The Boston Celtics ended their season with a blowout, 139-110, road win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Boston came into this game with the idea that they could finish anywhere between two through four depending on the outcome. This win locks them in for the two-seed and secures home court advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Grizzlies sat all five of their starters while the Celtics started the game with a regular lineup. It was clear from the opening tip that the Celtics were there to win as they fought back and forth with the scrappy bench lineup for the Grizzlies.
Boston was able to take control in the second quarter and ride a 23-point lead into halftime thanks to Jayson Tatum. He scored 26 of his 31 points in the opening 24 minutes and was scoring at all three levels, and he took advantage of his mismatches.
Tatum was the star of the night but the Celtics were able to put together a pretty solid performance as a team to conclude their season. Five other players scored in double figures and they finished the game with 55/38/100 shooting splits as a team. They also had an incredible night sharing the basketball with 34 assists on 54 made baskets.
Boston was able to clear the bench early and allow their key guys to get their bodies and minds right before their first playoff series while also letting some reserves log some good minutes.
The Celtics will await the winner of the Brooklyn Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers play-in game. The play-in tournament will take place between April 12-15 and the regular seeded playoffs will begin on April 16.
Other news: The Celtics signed Juwan Morgan to a two-year deal today.
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