NBA Game Summary - Utah at Boston|
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: Boston 98, Utah 93
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored a game-high 23 points and
Jeff Green added 16 points off the bench as the Boston Celtics held on for a
98-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Utah's Al Jefferson nailed a jumper with 1:56 to play to tie the game at
93-93, but the Jazz were unable to convert on their next six shots and the
Celtics escaped with the win.
Following Jefferson's jumper, the teams traded missed baskets. Boston then
worked the ball in to Kevin Garnett, who was fouled but converted just one of
the free throws.
Mo Williams then fired up a deep jumper that missed, and Gordon Hayward
couldn't convert the tip-in and Utah was forced to foul Pierce, who buried a
pair from the charity stripe to give Boston a 96-93 lead.
Paul Millsap missed a layup on the ensuing possession and Green corralled the
rebound, but couldn't keep his feet planted and turned it over on a traveling
The Jazz then threw it in to Jefferson, who handed it off to Williams for a
deep 3-pointer that bounced off the rim. Garnett controlled the rebound and
was quickly fouled with 6.9 seconds remaining.
Garnett converted the subsequent free throws to account for the final margin.
"They outran us in the first half. Second half we got back. Wasn't any
adjustment," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I just told the guys, 'You know
after you score, you can't do your home run jog and wave at everybody.
They're coming right back at you.' And I thought we got caught off-guard in
the first half with that, and the second half we were terrific."
Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo extended his streak of games with 10 or more
assists to 32 despite leaving the contest in the third quarter with an ankle
injury. Rondo briefly went to the locker room before returning to the bench,
but did not re-enter the game.
"I have no idea. With sprained ankles, tomorrow you'll know more," Rivers said
of Rondo's chances for playing Thursday.
Millsap and Jefferson each notched double-doubles for Utah, with Millsap
scoring 20 points with 12 rebounds and Jefferson netting 13 points while
pulling down 14 boards. Hayward, Derrick Favors and Williams each scored 14
points for the Jazz, who had won two in a row entering the game.
"I'm proud of the way our guys fought. I thought we hung in there, gave
ourselves a chance to win. We had the chance to take the one-point lead there,
had a good executed play had a good look at it but missed a shot, but the guys
did a really good job at fighting for everything they got," Jazz coach
Tyrone Corbin said.
Utah held a 25-20 lead after the first quarter after shooting 50 percent from
the field in the period. Millsap poured in eight points in the frame and
Williams added seven for the Jazz.
Boston was able to cut it to 46-44 at the break. The Celtics led by as many as
five in the second quarter, but the Jazz closed the half on a 7-0 run sparked
by a Marvin Williams 3-ball with 48 seconds left.
The game was knotted up at 60-60 with five minutes left in the third, but an
8-0 burst from the Celtics gave Boston a 68-60 lead at the 3:20 mark.
Utah, however, cut it to 73-70 at the end of the period on the strength of
10-5 run started by a Hayward 3-pointer and ended with a Mo Williams triple.
Boston is 3-0 since inserting Jason Terry and Brandon Bass into the starting
lineup ... The Celtics have won four in a row and 11 of the last 16 meetings
with the Jazz, now losers in five straight trips to Beantown.
11/14 23:55:17 ET