FInal: Celtics 98-93: Mo Williams jacks up another 3-pointer in the final seconds and Kevin Garnett sinks two clinching free throws for the team’s third straight win. Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points but Leandro Barbosa and Jeff Green were pivotal with 16 points each. Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 20 points. Al Jefferson picked up 13 points with 14 rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 12.7, Celtics 96-93: Mo Williams misses runner. Garnett rebounds and Pierce hits 2 FTs, Jazz ball
Fourth quarter, 32.3, Celtics 94-93: Kevin Garnett just missed a jumper that could have put the Celtics up 3. The Celtics went 2:32 without scoring and watched Al Jefferson score 5 straight points. Jazz ball.
Fourth quarter, 2:53, Celtics 93-90: The Jazz aren’t going anywhere tonight. They are now pounding the ball into former Celtic Al Jefferson and he’s producing. He just got fouled and will have two free throws when action resumes. Rajon Rondo still has not returned after twisting his ankle in the third quarter.
Fourth quarter, 5:20, Celtics 88-84: Things are getting testy at the Garden as Jeff Green just completed a thunderous dunk on Al Jefferson. But the Jazz are staying close as Randy Foye just hit Utah’s seventh 3-pointer of the game. Rajon Rondo has not returned since rolling his right ankle but Leandro Barbosa has played solid point guard.
Fourth quarter, 7:36, Celtics 82-76: Celtics are hanging on and Kevin Garnett just had one of the prettiest passes you’ll see, a behind-the-back job to Leandro Barbosa for a layup. Barbosa has been critical with 16 points in 15 minutes. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 21 points. Paul Millsap has 18 and eight rebounds for Utah.
End of third quarter, Celtics 73-70: The Celtics were leading by 8 but Gordon Hayward sparked a 10-4 run. Mo Williams has been key with 14 points and five assists. Rajon Rondo is back on the bench after spraining his right ankle.
Third quarter. 3:38, Celtics 66-60: The Celtics are on a 12-4 run, sparked by Leandro Barbosa, who has 11 points. Rajon Rondo is in the locker room after apparently spraining his right ankle on a drive to the basket. He has 10 assist, all since the second quarter.
Third quarter. 6:45, Jazz 56-54: The two teams are going back and fourth and after the Celtics score 5 straight, the Jazz come back with 5 in a row. The Celtics are being outrebounded 32-21 and Kevin Garnett has been a non factor with 4 points and 2 rebounds. Paul Pierce leads Boston with 13, same as Utah’s Paul Millsap.
Halftime, Jazz 46-44: The Celtics were ahead 5 points with the ball and then went cold and the Jazz end the quarter on a 7-0 run, including an easy putback from Al Jefferson and streaking layup from Mo Williams. Williams has 9 points and Paul Millsay and Derrick Favors have 10. Favors has one field goal but has been to the free throw line 12 times. The Celtics have taken 13 as a team.
Second quarter, 2:58, Celtics 42-37: The Celtics have forced Utah in to 11 misses in 14 shots in the second quarter but the Jazz have attempted 10 free throws in the quarter. Rajon Rondo had no assists in the first quarter but he has four in the second.
Second quarter, 5:48, Celtics 34-31: The defensive pressure is increasing and the Jazz are relegated to forcing up shots. But the Celtics have to stop fouling. Derrick Favors is about to attempt his 12th free throw in 8 minutes because he’s getting hacked. He is 0 of 2 from the field.
Second quarter, 8:51, Jazz 28-27: Leandro Barbosa sparked the Celtics’ run to begin the quarter but scoring the first 5 points of the period. But he then missed two free throws that could put the club ahead. The defense is improving and the Celtics trail only 16-11 in rebounding.
End of first quarter, Jazz 25-20: As expected, the Celtics are struggling on the boards and Courtney Lee fouls Randy Foye driving with 0.3 seconds left and gives him two free throws. Paul Millsap and Mo Williams have combined for 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
First quarter, 4:10, Jazz 14-8: After allowing two transition baskets, Celtics coach Doc Rivers calls a quick timeout in anger. The Celtics are again struggling early at home.
First quarter, 5:55, Jazz 8-6: The Celtics started off with two quick baskets but are already getting beaten badly on the boards (9-3) and the Jazz have four players with 2 points each. The Celtics are 3-for-9 shooting with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett 1 of 6.