Celtics topped Jazz in OT 110-107

Posted: 2013/02/26 in News, notebook, notes of the game, recap
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Pierce led road-inspiring Celtics to ruin Jazz in OT

The fact : The Boston Celtics weren’t pretty tired after contesting five games in seven days back.

However, They had enough left to play overtime to conclude a long Western road trip, topping the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday contest. They were resourceful and able to play clutch basketball.

Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

Veteran Paul Pierce carried Boston with 26 points, including seven huge straight in the extra session. He was terrific and clutch in extra time with big buckets. “It was huge,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “Whatever that was, it was the best win of the year for me. . To go into overtime and still have enough to win.”

Other Veteran of C’s , Garnett chipped in four points in overtime on 2-of-2 shooting, with three rebounds. He finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a blocked shot and steal. The Celtics also collected a big contribution from young Avery Bradley, who dropped a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Pierce had a chance to finish work in regulation, but his 19-footer at the buzzer rimmed out.

Photo : AP PHOTO / Rick Browmer

Overall, the game saw 13 lead changes and was tied 17 times.”We were in position,” said Jazz forward Marvin Williams. “We fought back in the fourth quarter to force overtime but Boston just made big plays down the stretch.” Inspiring Gordon Hayward led Utah with 26 units, Millsap had 16 and Al Jefferson finished with  another double 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Celtics (30-27) were playing their fifth game in seven days, but had energy and abilities to win the game.The Jazz (31-26) led 101-99 in extra time on DeMarre Carroll’s 21-jump shoot, but  strong-willed Pierce countered with a 3-pointer, then followed with a pull-up jumper over Carroll and a 15-footer to give the Celtics a 106-101 final edge with 1:12 left.

“We knew this was probably going to be the toughest game for us physically and mentally,” Pierce said. “Talking about a long road trip, coming in to one of the toughest places to play. We felt we could salvage this trip with a win here. So guys did a good job of just being mentally tough, digging in and doing what we had to do to get the win.”

“We wanted to win in regulation,” Pierce said. “It would have felt better just to get a stop when we needed it. That’s what we need to get better at. We didn’t do it in Portland. We didn’t do it tonight. That’s what we need to start focusing on. When we get the lead and we need crucial stops, we have to figure out how to get them.”

Source : ESPN / sportsillustrated

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