BOSTON (AP) — The Jazz already appreciate the ideal story in the NBA. If they make down the stretch worship they did in opposition to the Celtics, they’ll be even better by season’s cease.
Donovan Mitchell had eight of his 21 parts in the fourth quarter and Utah hit 19 3-guidelines to beat Boston 117-109 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Clarkson added 20 parts off the bench. Mike Conley scored 17 parts and Rudy Gobert accomplished with 16 parts and 12 rebounds to help the Jazz sweep the season assortment between the groups.
Coming off a mistake-stuffed loss at Golden Relate on Sunday to open their 5-game road outing, Mitchell loved the point of hobby his teammates responded with.
“I hold the ideal component is how we accomplished,” he acknowledged. “Tonight I hold we did a intelligent job of it. … getting the performs we wished.”
Boston led by as many as 11 in the first half of earlier than fading late.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 29 parts and Jaylen Brown added 28. But it wasn’t ample to beat a hot-taking pictures night by Utah, which additionally got 45 parts from its bench.
Infrequently this season Utah has had wretchedness both closing out games. Coach Quin Snyder acknowledged how they accomplished Tuesday is an even step forward.
“It’s crucial. I hold our guys, in the second half of we started defensive rebounding and got some things in transition and constructed relatively of bit of the lead,” he acknowledged.
Trailing 104-101, the Celtics had two probabilities to tie the game. The first was thwarted by an offensive rotten on Robert Williams. Following a Utah rotten on its next possession, Marcus Tidy came up rapid on a 3-point are attempting that was corralled by the Jazz.
Mitchell then hit a 3 on Utah’s next outing to invent it 107-101.
Utah’s lead was 109-101 when Tatum was fouled by Gobert on a layup. But he failed to entire the three-point play and Boston was compelled to rotten.
The Celtics played without broad man Tristan Thompson after he was placed in the league’s well being and security protocols hours earlier than the game.
Semi Ojeleye made his seventh originate of the season in his quandary however was smooth offensively. He failed to are attempting discipline aim and accomplished with two rebounds and one abet.
Boston was mostly in a position to neutralize Gobert in the first half of, maintaining him to four parts. But he stumbled on some openings in the closing 24 minutes, at the side of reducing to put off a leap scramble from Clarkson and dunking over Daniel Theis as portion of Utah’s preliminary fourth-quarter surge.
Boston fell to 0-8 this season in opposition to the groups with the ideal 5 data in the NBA (Jazz 0-2; Suns 0-1; 76ers 0-2; Nets 0-2 and Lakers 0-1).
“There’s a reason why the rest of us don’t appreciate their story,” coach Brad Stevens acknowledged. “We don’t invent americans pay as powerful as they invent everyone else pay.”
Jazz: Hit 10 3-pointers in the first half of. … Had eight turnovers in the first quarter, a season high for the outlet duration. … Udoka Azubuike was out for the 14th consecutive game with a honest ankle sprain.
Celtics: Tatum had a four-point play late in the third quarter to build the Celtics in entrance 76-75. Boston closed the duration on an 11-2 streak and took a 79-77 lead into the fourth. … Shot 60% (25 of 42) in the first half of. … Romeo Langford remained in the well being and security protocols for the third consecutive game.
Stevens acknowledged earlier than the game that he’s heard about the groundswell of support he’s going in his dwelling negate to be Indiana College’s next coach following Archie Miller’s firing.
“That does point out loads, I won’t act worship that doesn’t,” Stevens acknowledged. “It’s flattering. But I additionally realize that I’m the coach of the Celtics. It’s been an wonderful opportunity, an wonderful space each and each single day for the closing eight years and I’m extraordinarily grateful.”
Jazz: Speak over with Washington on Thursday.
Celtics: At Cleveland on Wednesday.
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