Playing without injured Kyrie Irving, the Celtics closed within four on multiple occasions late in the period, the final time on a 3-pointer from Marcus Smart that made it 111-107 with 2:19 left. But Gobert made a layup to push the lead to six and Tatum missed a pair of layups that could have trimmed the deficit again.
Utah coach Quin Snyder thought his team turned a corner by hanging tough down the stretch against the Celtics. "Teams are going to come back on you, but you can't make it easy on them". So, when current Jazz star Donovan Mitchell scored on Hayward, the crowd went nuts. Utah finished with 45-28 advantage on rebounds against Boston. The Jazz won their second straight home game and second straight overall.
Boston lost for the third time in four games.
Mitchell asserted himself from there, taking three shots and scoring four points in the final 42 seconds of the third quarter, although he was just 5-for-14 from the field and 1-for-6 from 3-point range. Ingles accounted for the first three long-distance baskets, highlighting a 20-point first half for him. Mitchell ignited the run by draining three free throws and driving for a layup on back-to-back possessions. "We just didn't have a presence out there, so they played freely".
The Jazz eventually built their lead to 20 points, going up 83-63 on a layup from Crowder, before Boston rallied in the fourth quarter.
Terry Rozier scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics. Rozier buried a 3-pointer to cap off the run and cut Utah's lead to 100-96. You can imagine he knew what that would mean. "I'll leave it at that".
In limited minutes, as he continues to work his way back from his injury, Hayward scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field.
Celtics: Smart set season high with 10 assists.