NBA Game Summary - Boston at Utah
(Tuesday, February 21st)
Final Score: Boston 103, Utah 83
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce poured in 30 points and Delonte West had a solid all-around game with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, to pace Boston to a 103-83 rout of the Utah Jazz.
Michael Olowokandi added 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Ryan Gomes scored 13 points for the Celtics, who snapped a seven-game skid on the road. Boston has won three of its last four contests and has scored over 100 points in all four of those games.
Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points to pace Utah, which has dropped three in a row and has scored less than 90 in all those games. Mehmet Okur and Milt Palacio each added 15 points, but Palacio injured his left hand in the closing seconds.
Boston guard Wally Szczerbiak injured his left knee in the first quarter after colliding with Palacio. Szczerbiak was helped off the court by his teammates and did not return.
Utah led 26-21 after the opening quarter and was in front 47-43 at the half. Boston's big run came in the third, when the Celtics went 12-of-13 from the field on the way to a 37-17 spread for the period.
Pierce had 17 points in the quarter as Boston held a commanding 80-64 lead going into the fourth. Utah never challenged after that.
Keith McLeod added 15 points for Utah, which also got 10 rebounds from Carlos Boozer.
The Celtics shot 58.1 percent from the floor, compared to 33.8 percent for Utah.
Boston was 8-of-12 from three-point range...Okur was 11-of-13 at the foul line...Boston has won four straight meetings in the series.
02/22 00:44:02 ET