BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 109-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies which extends Boston’s winning streak to three in a row while extending Memphis' losing streak to 10 straight.
Kyrie Irving: Three-pointers, ankle-breaking drives to the basket, the mid-range jumper. Kyrie Irving had it going on all levels Monday night, finishing with 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists in just 25 minutes.
Marc Gasol: It has been a miserable season for Gasol and the Grizzlies. But to Gasol’s credit, he has remained committed to playing a selfless brand of basketball which has kept him among the top centers in the NBA. He tallied 17 points and eight rebounds along with eight assists.
Celtics bench: Boston’s bench continues to be a strength in this post all-star break portion of their schedule. The Celtics’ second unit had 33 points scored by halftime, before finishing with 52.
Marcus Morris: Several players stepped their game up off Boston’s bench, including Morris. He had 13 points and eight rebounds.
JaMychal Green: With Gasol drawing so much attention from the Celtics defense, someone had to be free on offense, right? For long stretches that was Green who tallied a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Third quarter Celtics: Good thing Boston built a pretty fat cushion in the first half. Otherwise, Boston’s third quarter struggles may have been an issue. In the third, Boston shot 25 percent from the field (7-for-28) which included them missing nine of their 10 shots from 3-point range. Despite the poor shooting, Boston was only outscored 28-19 in the quarter but still maintained control of the game courtesy of a 26-point halftime lead.