Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 14th

Grizzlies 98

(3-2, 1-1 away)

Celtics 99

(2-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FSS

7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2005

TD Garden, Boston, MA

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 28 31 17 2298
BOS 27 20 24 2899

Top Performers

Mem: B. Jackson 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Bos: P. Pierce 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Davis hits 17-footer to beat Grizzlies

BOSTON (AP) -- For the second time in a row in Boston, Ricky Davis hit the game-winning shot in the closing seconds to beat Memphis.

Davis made a jumper as time expired, and Paul Pierce scored 29 points as the Celtics overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 Wednesday night.

After Eddie Jones' jumper gave the Grizzlies a one-point lead with 13 seconds remaining, Pierce was double-teamed as he drove baseline and passed to Davis, who was wide open at the foul line.

"It was going to be Pierce or Davis," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "It's not like we didn't talk about both of them. We lost the game here last year with Davis taking the last shot."

In Memphis' previous trip to Boston, Davis hit the game-winner with 3.9 seconds left in the Celtics' 90-88 victory.

"I will say this: If we have 82 of these I don't know if I can take this season," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It was a great comeback by us because we put ourselves in a hole and got out of it."

Davis finished with 18 points and Mark Blount added 17 for the Celtics, who were 7-for-9 from 3-point range.

The Celtics lost their previous home game when Detroit's Richard Hamilton hit a shot at the buzzer.

"We've been burned the last two games, close games," Pierce said. "Every game this season has come down to the wire, and fortunately we came out on the other end of the stick this time."

In Boston's four games this season, two have gone to overtime and the other two have ended with buzzer-beaters.

Jones led the Grizzlies with 20 points and reserve Bobby Jackson had 16.

Jones had a dunk and consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 23-6 run and give the Grizzlies a 51-33 lead late in the second quarter.

After narrowing the gap to 12 at the half, the Celtics rallied to tie it at 69 with 2:23 left in the third after a 7-0 run, including 3-pointers by Raef LaFrentz and Pierce.

There were five lead changes in the last 1:25 and Memphis missed several opportunities from the foul line. The Grizzlies made only 12 of 26 free throws.

"We missed too many free throws and it caught up with us," Lorenzen Wright said. "If we hit those free throws, we blow this team out."

Pierce added eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals for Boston.

The Grizzlies (3-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped and missed a chance to tie their best start in franchise history.

Game notes

Memphis is 2-9 against Boston over the last five seasons. ... The Celtics announced that Robert Parish will join the team as a consultant working in community relations. Parish played 21 seasons in the NBA, most in history. ... The Grizzlies are the first NBA team since the 2001-02 season represented by three former Rookies of the Year with Damon Stoudamire, Pau Gasol and Mike Miller. ... Grizzlies rookie Lawrence Roberts went 0-for-7 from the free throw line.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 98 99
FGM-FGA 38-74 (.514) 36-61 (.590)
3PM-3PA 10-23 (.435) 7-9 (.778)
FTM-FTA 12-26 (.462) 20-26 (.769)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-33 4-32
Assists 25 26
Turnovers 16 18
Steals 12 13
Blocks 3 3
Fast Break Points 7 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
Largest Lead 18 3

Top Performers

Bobby Jackson Jackson
Points: 16
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Paul Pierce Pierce
Points: 29
Reb: 7
Ast: 8
Stl: 3
Blk: 1