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Without Kevin Garnett, Courtney Lee, Celtics’ road woes continue with loss to Grizzlies

Playing without Kevin Garnett [1] (foot) or Courtney Lee [2] (ankle), the Celtics [3] couldn’€™t recover from a horrific second quarter in dropping a 110-106 decision to the Grizzlies [4] in Memphis Saturday night.

After finishing the first quarter with a two-point lead, the Celtics were outscored, 32-20, in the second quarter. It led to Memphis’€™ 10th straight home win.

The Celtics mounted a spirited fourth-quarter comeback, having entered the final quarter down 12 points. The C’€™s, however, managed to close the gap to two with 19 seconds remaining on a pair of Jordan Crawford (21 points, 26 minutes) free throws.

The Celts could have drawn with a point with eight seconds left when Jason Terry [5] was fouled taking a three-pointer. But the guard only made two of his three foul shots, allowing Memphis to hold off the visitors.

The Grizzlies [6] made all six of their free throw attempts after Crawford made it a two-point game.

The loss was the Celtics’€™ fourth straight defeat, and first loss to at FedEx Forum in their last six visits. It was also Doc Rivers [7]‘€™ team’€™s fifth consecutive road loss, dropping to 2-12 against Western Conference teams on their home floors.

Paul Pierce [8] led the Celtics with 26 points, while both Terrence Williams and Chris Wilcox [9] contributed off the bench, each making all four of their shots from the floor.

Jerryd Bayless led all scorers with 30 points off the bench for Memphis.