Joe Ingles scores 27 points, Jazz survives Celtics 123-115
00:18 am EST, 10 November 2018
00:24 EST, November 10th 2018
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Joe Ingles equaled his career record with 27 points and added seven assists in the high season to help Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 123-115 on Friday night in the return of Gordon Hayward in Utah.
Hayward scored 13 points and seven assists in his first game in Utah after leaving Jazz in free agency after the 2016-17 season. He broke his left ankle last season at the opening.
Donovan Mitchell added 21 points for Utah, Jae Crowder got 20 points and Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Jazz won the second consecutive home game and the second in the overall standings.
Terry Rozier scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics.
Boston lost for the third time in four games.
The Jazz started to retreat when he scored 3 points on each of his last four fourth-quarter possessions to take a partial advantage of 58-51. Ingles represented the first three long distance baskets, showing a first time 20 points.
Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, rear, battle for a loose ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game on Friday November 9th 2018, in Salt Lake City. (Photo AP / Rick Bowmer)
Utah opened the third quarter with a partial 17-6. Mitchell started the race by draining three free throws and driving for a lay-up on back-to-back assets. Derrick Favors continued to play with back-to-back baskets that gave the Jazz a double-digit lead and ended the race with a couple of free throws that put the Utah 75-57 ahead only four minutes from the fourth .
The Jazz eventually built its lead to 20 points, climbing 83-63 on a layup from Crowder, before the Boston rally in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics scored on four righteous possessions – culminating in Tatum's layup – to trigger a 15-4 run. Rozier buried a 3-pointer to close the race and cut Utah's lead to 100-96.
Boston scored four points more four times, the last time on a 3-pointer from Marcus Smart who did it 111-107. But Gobert made a layup to bring the lead to six and Tatum lost a couple of layups that could have made the deficit again.
Crowder sealed it at the three corner that gave Utah a 117-109 lead with 47.7 seconds left.
Celtics: Smart set season high with 10 assists. He finished a shy assist for equaling his career. … Boston scored 28 points on 17 lost balls in Utah. During the third quarter, the Celtics renounced the 35 seasonal points for the Jazz.
Jazz: Ingles made five points from 3 points, bringing him ahead of Deron Williams (511) on the list of 3 points of Utah. He made 512 3-pointers with Jazz. Utah ended with a 45-28 lead on rebounds against Boston. The Jazz finished with 50 points in the paint.
Celtics: in Portland on Sunday.
Jazz: Monday in Memphis
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The Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends Ricky Rubio (3) of the Utah Jazz guard while driving in the first half during an NBA basketball game on November 9, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (Photo AP / Rick Bowmer)
The Boston Celtics striker Jayson Tatum (0) throws the ball while Ricky Rubio of Utah Jazz, left, and Jae Crowder (99) defend in the first half during an NBA basketball game on Friday November 9th 2018 in Salt Lake City . (Photo AP / Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz striker Joe Ingles (2) goes to basketball when Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Friday 9 November 2018, in Salt Lake City. (Photo AP / Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics midfielder Gordon Hayward (20) goes to basketball while Joe Ingles (2), a Utah Jazz player, defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game on November 9, 2018 in Salt Lake City. (Photo AP / Rick Bowmer)
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