15 Mar 2009

Powe leads Celtics past Grizzlies

12:25 pm on 15 March 2009

Leon Powe scored 30 points to help guide the Boston Celtics basketball side to a much-needed 102-92 victory over NBA cellar swellers the Memphis Grizzlies.

Powe, who started in place of the injured Kevin Garnett, combined with Ray Allen's 22 points to help the Celtics end a two-game losing streak.

Garnett has missed the last 10 games with a knee injury, while the Celtics also have injury concerns over Glen Davis (ankle), Tony Allen (thumb) and Brian Scalabrine (concussion).

Boston point guard Rajon Rondo returned to action after missing two games because of an ankle injury, recording eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Celtics (50-16) pulled within two games of the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rudy Gay scored 26 points for the Grizzlies, who have won just once in their last 13 games.