NBA Game Summary - Utah at Boston
(Friday, March 14th)
Final Score: Utah 110, Boston 92
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Deron Williams poured in 32 points, doled out eight assists, and grabbed five rebounds, and the Utah Jazz brought Boston's 10-game winning streak to a halt with a 110-92 rout.
Despite the loss, the Celtics still clinched the Atlantic Division title, thanks to Toronto's 137-105 loss to the Nuggets, capping a worst-to-first climb. Boston finished last in the Atlantic last season with a 24-58 mark.
Celtics guard Ray Allen left after jamming his ankle in the second quarter, finishing with nine points in 12 minutes. The win streak was Boston's longest since a 14-game run from March 11-April 4, 1986. The Celtics also saw their 11-game home winning streak come to an end.
"You kind of felt like a little kid in the park and the bully came and snatched the ball tonight," said Pierce. "Nothing you can do about it. It's just one of those good old-fashioned butt whoopins. Give credit to them."
Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won seven of eight. Mehmet Okur added 12 points and nine rebounds for Utah.
Kevin Garnett had a quiet night, scoring 15 points and finishing with only four rebounds. Kendrick Perkins had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Paul Pierce had a rough night, scoring eight points on 1-of-7 shooting for Boston.
The Celtics had a number of opportunities to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Jazz finally pulled away with a 10-0 run. Two Garnett free throws pulled Boston within 93-89 with 5:25 remaining, but the Utah run, capped by a Williams three-pointer, put the Celtics in a 103-89 hole with only 2:11 left.
Kyle Korver drained a three in the final 10 seconds, finishing off Utah's 17-3 run over the final 5:25 of regulation, and the Jazz won going away.
Boozer fueled the Utah offense in the first quarter, scoring 10 points in the frame as the Jazz jumped out to a 33-23 lead entering the second.
"They tried to intimidate us early. It was definitely a physical game," said Williams. "It was a real fun game to be a part of, and we got the victory."
The Utah lead reached 14 points in the second quarter, but Rajon Rondo dropped in consecutive baskets to bring the Celtics within 56-46 with 1:30 left. The Jazz responded, though, and took a 62-49 lead into the break.
The Jazz lead stood at 11 points after an Andrei Kirilenko three-pointer made it 70-59 with 7:12 left in the third quarter, but a 9-2 Celtics push cut the deficit to 72-68. The Utah lead was 79-74 at the close of the third quarter.
The home loss for the Celtics was only the fifth in 34 games at TD Banknorth Garden this season...Korver finished with 10 points off the bench for Utah...Boston shot 48.5 percent from the field, but only made 3-of-15 (20 percent) three pointers...The Celtics embark on a challenging five-game road trip that, after a game against lowly Milwaukee, includes games at San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans.
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