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Third-quarter run lifts Celtics to 14th straight at home

BOSTON — The Celtics didn't need a halftime pep talk.

All they needed for their 14th straight victory at home was a reminder that they could play better.

"It wasn't brain surgery," coach Brad Stevens said after Boston turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 16-point lead and coasted to a 116-96 victory over the short-staffed Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

"We just walked in and said, 'They're beating us to every loose ball and getting every rebound,' " Stevens said. " 'This is the way they (can) beat you tonight. So, we either have to change that or we won't win.' "

Isaiah Thomas scored 16 of his 22 in the third quarter, nine during a 14-1 run when the Celtics pulled away after Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers left with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

The Celtics have not lost in Boston in more than two months, a span that has seen them climb from ninth in the East into the conference's No. 3 seed.

"In the third quarter, I tried to put it on myself … force the issue, get my guys going," Thomas said. "Luckily we had another half to play, and we changed that around."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 and Khris Middleton made four free throws in the closing seconds to help the host Bucks hold off the Heat 114-108 and snap Miami's five-game winning streak. … Kemba Walker scored 35 and the host Hornets held off the Pelicans 122-113 for their 11th win in 13 games. … James Harden scored 29, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 18 rebounds and the visiting Rockets, hanging on to the eighth seed in the West, beat the 76ers 118-104.

SPURS OWNER RETIRES: Spurs CEO and chairman Peter Holt, whose ownership is credited with helping the team win five NBA championships, is retiring after 20 years running one of sports' elite franchises. He will be replaced as CEO by his wife, Julianna, and, per her request, Spurs president of business operations Rick Pych. The team said Peter Holt will remain on the board of managers, but his wife will take over his role on the NBA's Board of Governors.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Thunder guard Dion Waiters' younger brother Demetrius Pinckney was killed Tuesday in Philadelphia. Waiters left the team to be with his family. … Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler will get a second opinion on his injured left knee, coach Fred Hoiberg said. Butler was scheduled to visit orthopedist James Andrews and will miss tonight's game at the Spurs. … The Spurs officially signed veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin. Martin, 33, was bought out by the Timberwolves on March 1 and agreed to terms to join San Antonio late last week. … The Cavaliers signed guard Jordan McRae for the rest of this season.

Celtics 116, Grizzlies 96

MEMPHIS (96): Barnes 4-16 2-2 12, Green 6-12 5-6 17, Hollins 3-5 1-2 7, Chalmers 1-7 8-8 11, Allen 4-9 4-6 12, Martin 7-10 2-3 16, Hairston 1-8 0-0 2, Carter 5-9 3-4 17, Stephenson 1-8 0-0 2. Totals 32-84 25-31 96.

BOSTON (116): Crowder 5-12 2-2 15, Johnson 1-3 1-2 3, Sullinger 5-11 2-3 12, Thomas 7-18 6-8 22, Bradley 6-14 0-0 15, Smart 4-9 0-0 10, Turner 6-10 3-4 16, Zeller 3-4 3-3 9, Jerebko 3-4 2-2 11, Rozier 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter 1-1 0-0 3, Mickey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-87 19-24 116.

Memphis 26 29 12 29— 96

Boston 24 28 31 33— 116

3-Point GoalsMemphis 7-26 (Carter 4-6, Barnes 2-11, Chalmers 1-3, Green 0-1, Stephenson 0-1, Hairston 0-4), Boston 15-32 (Jerebko 3-4, Crowder 3-6, Bradley 3-8, Smart 2-6, Thomas 2-6, Turner 1-1, Hunter 1-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 60 (Green 13), Boston 49 (Zeller 7). AssistsMemphis 20 (Chalmers 5), Boston 26 (Turner 8). Total FoulsMemphis 22, Boston 27. TechnicalsCarter, Memphis defensive three second, Boston defensive three second. A17,790 (18,624).

Bucks 114, Heat 108

MIAMI (108): J.Johnson 5-9 0-0 11, Deng 9-17 0-0 20, Stoudemire 3-5 0-0 6, Dragic 4-9 2-2 10, Wade 6-14 6-6 18, Winslow 2-7 2-2 6, Richardson 4-6 3-4 14, Whiteside 9-13 5-5 23. Totals 42-80 18-19 108.

MILWAUKEE (114): Antetokounmpo 9-15 6-10 24, Parker 7-13 8-11 23, Monroe 4-9 2-2 10, Bayless 2-7 1-2 6, Middleton 8-15 5-5 22, Ennis 3-7 1-2 8, Plumlee 8-12 2-3 18, O'Bryant 1-1 1-2 3, Vaughn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-80 26-37 114.

Miami 22 32 31 23— 108

Milwaukee 29 28 23 34— 114

3-Point GoalsMiami 6-15 (Richardson 3-4, Deng 2-4, J.Johnson 1-2, Winslow 0-1, Wade 0-1, Dragic 0-3), Milwaukee 4-8 (Parker 1-1, Ennis 1-1, Bayless 1-2, Middleton 1-3, Vaughn 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 44 (Whiteside 13), Milwaukee 44 (Monroe 8). AssistsMiami 23 (Wade, Dragic 6), Milwaukee 27 (Middleton 8). Total FoulsMiami 24, Milwaukee 19. TechnicalsStoudemire. Flagrant Fouls—Winslow. A15,005 (18,717).

Hornets 122, Pelicans 113

NEW ORLEANS (113): Cunningham 2-4 1-1 5, Davis 14-26 10-12 40, Asik 0-0 0-0 0, Holiday 13-23 7-7 38, Johnson 2-7 1-2 5, Anderson 0-8 3-3 3, Douglas 6-14 1-1 16, Gee 2-2 0-0 4, Perkins 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 40-85 23-28 113.

CHARLOTTE (122): Batum 6-13 1-1 15, Williams 5-9 2-2 14, Zeller 3-4 7-9 13, Walker 9-18 12-16 35, Lee 6-12 0-0 16, Jefferson 1-3 3-4 5, Lin 3-10 6-6 12, Lamb 1-5 0-0 2, Kaminsky 4-8 0-0 10. Totals 38-82 31-38 122.

New Orleans 28 32 30 23— 113

Charlotte 39 32 28 23— 122

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 10-33 (Holiday 5-9, Douglas 3-7, Davis 2-7, Cunningham 0-1, Johnson 0-3, Anderson 0-6), Charlotte 15-35 (Walker 5-10, Lee 4-5, Kaminsky 2-3, Williams 2-5, Batum 2-7, Lamb 0-2, Lin 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 51 (Davis 13), Charlotte 50 (Zeller 8). AssistsNew Orleans 22 (Holiday 6), Charlotte 21 (Walker 7). Total FoulsNew Orleans 23, Charlotte 18. TechnicalsNew Orleans defensive three second, Charlotte delay of game, Charlotte defensive three second. A16,335 (19,077).

Rockets 118, 76ers 104

HOUSTON (118): Ariza 4-14 3-4 15, Motiejunas 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 9-12 3-9 21, Beverley 6-14 0-0 16, Harden 8-26 13-13 29, Harrell 1-1 0-0 2, Terry 3-6 1-1 10, Capela 1-1 1-2 3, Brewer 1-4 0-2 2, Beasley 2-3 4-4 8, McDaniels 3-4 6-6 12. Totals 38-86 31-41 118.

PHILADELPHIA (104): Covington 4-10 6-8 17, Grant 5-12 2-4 13, Noel 7-17 3-4 17, I.Smith 9-18 1-1 21, Thompson 4-7 0-0 10, Canaan 4-13 2-2 14, Holmes 0-1 1-4 1, Landry 0-2 6-8 6, McConnell 2-3 1-1 5, Stauskas 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-86 22-32 104.

Houston 21 40 32 25— 118

Philadelphia 27 25 27 25— 104

3-Point GoalsHouston 11-33 (Beverley 4-7, Ariza 4-10, Terry 3-5, McDaniels 0-1, Brewer 0-2, Harden 0-8), Philadelphia 12-33 (Canaan 4-9, Covington 3-8, Thompson 2-4, I.Smith 2-7, Grant 1-3, McConnell 0-1, Stauskas 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 58 (Howard 18), Philadelphia 61 (Noel 9). AssistsHouston 22 (Harden 8), Philadelphia 23 (I.Smith 5). Total FoulsHouston 24, Philadelphia 28. TechnicalsHouston delay of game, Houston defensive three second. A15,237 (20,318).

Third-quarter run lifts Celtics to 14th straight at home 03/09/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:22pm]
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