Boston Celtics defeat the Utah Jazz 114-105! Stats, Highlights...
Boston controlled the majority of the first three quarters of Tuesday’s matchup with the Utah Jazz. Then it put the game away.
The Celtics led by only eight points after Shelvin Mack put home a driving layup with 4:11 left in the third quarter. They responded swiftly by scoring 10 of the game’s next 11 points to pull ahead 83-66.
Three-point shooting opened and capped the run by the men in green and white. Al Horford canned a trey just 15 seconds after Mack’s basket, and then Jae Crowder swished one home from the right sideline to close the spurt at the 2:22 mark. Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart each added a driving layup between Thomas and Crowder’s 3-pointers.
That 17-point lead marked the largest of the game by either team, and Boston’s lead never dropped below seven the remainder of the night.
The Celtics did need to make some more key plays down the stretch to hold off Utah’s comeback bid. Al Horford made a couple of big shots, including a deep 3 from the left wing. Amir Johnson forced Joe Johnson into two misses in one-on-one situations. Avery Bradley connected on not one, but two momentum-crushing treys during a two-minute stretch.
Still, though, that quick run during the final minutes of the third changed the game – and won the game – for Boston.