NBA Game Summary - Boston at Utah
(Saturday, February 24th)
Final Score: Utah 105, Boston 87
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Derek Fisher netted 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field to lead a shorthanded Utah Jazz squad to a 105-87 victory over the Boston Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena.
Gordan Giricek stepped up and contributed 16 points off the bench for the Jazz, who played without forward Andrei Kirilenko and All-Star center Mehmet Okur. Kirilenko did not play due to a bruised left knee and Okur missed his second straight contest with back spasms.
Carols Boozer added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which has won five of its last six games. Matt Harpring provided a spark off the bench for the Jazz and had 15 points.
Paul Pierce netted 19 points on just 5-of-18 shooting from the field for the Celtics, who have dropped their last four games. Delonte West finished with 16 points and dished out six assists in the loss.
Leading by six points after the opening quarter, the Jazz opened the second stanza on a 10-2 run to take a 36-22 lead. Harpring netted six consecutive points for Utah during the surge.
The Jazz went on to outscore the Celtics, 26-21 in the second quarter to take a 52-41 advantage into the break.
Giricek led the way with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in the first half for Utah.
The Jazz outscored the Celtics by one point in the third quarter and took a 76-64 lead into the final frame.
Utah continued to lead in the fourth quarter and used a 10-2 dash to extend its lead to 91-75 with just under six minutes remaining. Harpring and Fisher each donated four points during the stretch.
Boston never threatened the rest of the way.
The Jazz have won six in a row at home and are now 22-6 as the host this season...Utah shot 51.2 percent from the floor while Boston shot 42.5 percent...Deron Williams scored just two points for the Jazz but had 10 assists...The Celtics had a three-game winning streak in Utah snapped...Boston ended the game with 23 turnovers.
02/24 23:54:34 ET