Kyrie and Marcus carry the day (again): Kyrie Irving (38 points, 11 assists) refused to let the Celtics drop another game to an inferior opponent on Friday night. The All-Star scored 28 of his 38 points in the second half, helping carry the hosts to their eighth-straight win at TD Garden, a 122-116 victory over the reeling Grizzlies.
It was the ninth 30-point, 10-assist effort of the season for the point guard, who torched whatever defense the Grizzlies threw at him in a back and forth offensive battle while scoring 28 of his points in the second half. Marcus Smart had one of the best shooting nights of his career with 20 points, knocking down six treys from beyond the arc on a 7-of-9 shooting night, while Boston benefitted from big games from Al Horford (18 points) and Aron Baynes (12 rebounds) to help close the door on a hot shooting Grizz team (43 percent from 3) that played one of their best offensive games in weeks.
Mike Conley had a team-high 26 points for the Grizzlies, who have now dropped four straight games and 10 of their last 11. Boston will look to extend their winning streak to three on Saturday night against the Hawks in Atlanta.
Baynes gets crunch time minutes: The veteran center played just his second game since returning from a broken hand, but he was one of the