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Sounds of the game… Celtics 102, Grizzlies 92

The Celtics [1] were down 27-21 to the lowly Memphis Grizzlies [2] after one quarter. And everyone in the St. Patrick’s Day Celtics uniforms knew they were underachieving.

They also knew there was plenty of time to catch their breath and, thanks to Leon Powe’s career night as well as solid contributions from the bench, the Celtics outscored the Grizz, 81-65, the rest of the way and cruised to their 50th win of the season.

Some quick takes on Friday’s game.

Leon Powe played 41 minutes and committed ZERO turnovers two days after playing 43 in a loss at Miami. He is showing fresh legs and that’s going to be key to protecting Kevin Garnett [3] when he comes back.

Ray Allen [4] had 22 points in 31 minutes.

Mikki Moore [5], Bill Walker [6] and Stephon Marbury [7] played most of the fourth quarter and showed some cohesion as a unit, something that made Doc Rivers [8] very happy afterward.

The Celtics were tougher than the Grizzlies, outscoring them, 48-30, in the paint.

The Celtics clinched a tie for the Atlantic Division title, missing a clinching when Philly beat Chicago in the final game ever at the Spectrum.

Here’s what the Celtics had to say in their final home game before St. Patrick’s Day.

Doc Rivers said it was a good win, especially for the bench [9].

Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said the Celtics played the way a champion is supposed to play [10].

Hollins said Powe played like a wild animal out on the court and his players had no answers [11].

Rudy Gay, who led the Grizzlies with 26 points, said the Celtics pressured them all over the court [12].

Paul Pierce said everyone in Green knows how great Powe can be [13].

Leon Powe said he knows what he can do [14].