Playing their third game in four nights, the Boston Celtics came out with more fire than anyone could have expected and rolled over the Utah Jazz 112-104.
Boston was extremely hot in the opening frame as they shot 77.8 percent from the field to open up with a 10-point lead. Isaiah Thomas dropped 11 points in the quarter but also had some solid help from Kelly Olynyk off the bench with 7 points. The only reason Utah was able to stay alive was because Gordon Hayward poured in 9 points as no other Jazz player helped much.
With Jae Crowder missing for the second straight due to family issues, Gerald Green was looked to for some help off the bench and he didn’t disappoint. Green dropped 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the second frame to help Boston establish an 18 point lead halfway through the frame. The Jazz cut the lead to 14 to end the half with Isaiah Thomas leading all scorers with 15 points and Gordon Hayward leading Utah with 12 points.
Jaylen Brown wouldn’t return for the second half of this game with a right hip sprain as the bad news continues to pile up for the C’s. Regardless, Boston had a dominant third quarter and led the Jazz by 18 to end the third quarter and head coach Brad Stevens made the decision to keep Thomas and Horford in the game to start the fourth quarter in hopes to put the game away.
The lead got as high as 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics and they were able to preserve the win despite a late Jazz run to cut the lead to 6 points. Isaiah Thomas led the way as always dropping 29 points along with 5 assists but got some solid performances off the bench from Olynyk (19 points & 7 rebounds) and Green (16 points on 7-8 shooting). Utah got 31 points from Hayward but contributions from one person aren’t nearly enough to beat this well-rounded Celtics team.
Boston continues their hot play and will look to keep rolling towards first place against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.