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Boston Celtics middle Kristaps Porzingis, middle, handles the ball towards Memphis Grizzlies ahead Santi Aldama (7) within the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Picture/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 factors, together with the successful dunk with 1:01 left, because the Boston Celtics held on for a 102-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night time.

Porzingis’ dunk was adopted by a flurry of missed photographs together with a missed 3-pointer by Santi Aldama with 4 seconds left as Boston held on to win its sixth straight.

Jayson Tatum completed with 20 factors and Sam Hauser added 15 for Boston.

JT DISHES TO PORZINGIS TO TAKE THE LEAD 💪 https://t.co/h7dRxRdw2c pic.twitter.com/NKewpQcTsZ

— NBA (@NBA) November 20, 2023

Desmond Bane led Memphis with 30 factors, whereas Aldama added a career-high 28 and Jaren Jackson Jr. completed with 17 factors.

Memphis, with a makeshift lineup, stayed shut via three quarters, however the Celtics maintained the lead a lot of the sport and Porzingis benefitted from going towards the smaller Memphis lineup. Nonetheless, there have been seven ties and 18 lead adjustments.

Memphis, because it has performed a lot of the season, performed with out key gamers. Final 12 months’s main scorer Ja Morant is serving a 25-game suspension to begin the season. The Memphis frontline has been depleted by a season-ending harm to middle Steven Adams, whereas backup Brandon Clarke continues to be recovering from an Achilles harm.

The harm report additionally consists of level guard and former Celtic Marcus Sensible, who sat out with a left foot sprain. Sensible performed his complete profession with Boston earlier than an low season commerce landed him in Memphis.

In the meantime, the Celtics have been at full power, together with Jaylen Brown, who was listed as questionable on the pre-game harm report.

The Celtics shot 51% within the first half and held Memphis to 38%. Boston led 56-53 lead on the break.

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