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Celtics fend off visiting Jazz

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored a game-high 23 points and Jeff Green added 16 points off the bench as the Boston Celtics held on for a 98-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Utah's Al Jefferson nailed a jumper with 1:56 to play to tie the game at 93-93, but the Jazz were unable to convert on their next six shots and the Celtics escaped with the win.

Following Jefferson's jumper, the teams traded missed baskets. Boston then worked the ball in to Kevin Garnett, who was fouled but converted just one of the free throws.

Mo Williams then fired up a deep jumper that missed, and Gordon Hayward couldn't convert the tip-in and Utah was forced to foul Pierce, who buried a pair from the charity stripe to give Boston a 96-93 lead.

Paul Millsap missed a layup on the ensuing possession and Green corralled the rebound, but couldn't keep his feet planted and turned it over on a traveling violation.

The Jazz then threw it in to Jefferson, who handed it off to Williams for a deep 3-pointer that bounced off the rim. Garnett controlled the rebound and was quickly fouled with 6.9 seconds remaining.

Garnett converted the subsequent free throws to account for the final margin.

11/14 22:14:18 ET