Joe Mazzulla benched the starters in the Boston Celtics’ close win vs. the Memphis Grizzlies

The Boston Celtics narrowly defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 102-100 in a game that was difficult for fans of the team to watch at times. The Celtics, who were heavy favorites, struggled to maintain their lead against a short-handed Memphis ball club and nearly lost the game as a result.

Despite going up by 10 points early on in the road contest, the Celtics allowed the Grizzlies to come back and make it a close game with their lack of focus and sloppy play. Both teams committed numerous turnovers and fouls, which slowed down the pace of the game and had both teams complaining about the officiating. In the final seconds, the Celtics had a chance to secure the win but made a crucial mistake that allowed the Grizzlies to tie or win the game.

Fortunately for the Celtics, the Grizzlies missed a 3-point shot, allowing them to escape with a victory.

Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire