BOSTON (AP) -- For the second time in a row in Boston, Ricky
Davis hit the game-winning shot in the closing seconds to beat
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
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
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
Pierce added eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals for
The Grizzlies (3-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped
and missed a chance to tie their best start in franchise history.
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.