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Celtics still winless

Updated: 2013-11-06 07:01
By Associated Press in Memphis, Tennessee ( China Daily)

Jerryd Bayless finally found his range, Memphis clamped down on defense and the Grizzlies used the combination for a victory.

Bayless keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring all of his 15 points in the period, to lead Memphis to a 95-88 victory over the winless Boston Celtics on Monday night.

Bayless nailed 6 of 7 in the quarter as Memphis erased a six-point Boston lead with just under nine minutes to play.

"That's what Jerryd does. He's a volume scorer," said Memphis guard Tony Allen, who had four steals. "He can fill it up. That was big for us."

Zach Randolph and Mike Conley also had 15 for Memphis, with Conley handing out eight assists. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points, while Jared Sullinger scored 16, hitting 2 of 3 from outside the arc. Avery Bradley scored 14 and Jordan Crawford finished with 12.

The Celtics fell to 0-4 under rookie coach Brad Stevens, the first time Boston has lost its first four games since the 1969-70 season.

"I think you just understand where we are and where we have to go," Stevens said.

"You do your best to focus on what's next and not pay too much attention to anything else."

(China Daily 11/06/2013 page24)

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