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Battered Jazz rise up and stun Celtics

The Sports Xchange

December 16. 2017 12:48AM
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) in the first quarter at TD Garden Dec. 15, 2017. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — The Utah Jazz lost two starters to injury in the first half but then ended a four-game losing streak by stunning the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.

The win ended a nine-game TD Garden losing streak for the Jazz, who posted their first win on the parquet floor since 2008.

Utah starters Rudy Gobert (knee) and Derrick Favors (left eye laceration, six stitches) left the game, with Gobert departing before it was two minutes old. But an 0-for-18 Boston shooting drought over more than 10 minutes in the second quarter allowed the Jazz (14-15, 3-10 on the road) to take control of the game.

Ricky Rubio scored 22 points and added seven rebounds and five assists, and rookie Donovan Mitchell scored eight straight points for his team late and finished with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Former Celtic Jonas Jerebko, making his return to TD Garden (and getting a hand when he entered the game), scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Rodney Hood also scored 17 points and Joe Ingles had 12 points and eight rebounds — he was 4 of 6 from 3-point range — for the Jazz.

Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and had six assists and four rebounds for Boston, and Al Horford, who returned from a one-game absence with a sore knee, added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. They were the only two Celtics in double figures.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the early diagnosis on Gobert was a left MCL sprain. He missed 11 games earlier this season with a knee bruise and also suffered a knee injury in last year’s playoffs. He was injured when Favors fell into his leg.

The Celtics lost Daniel Theis (facial injury) in the first half.

NOTES: Celtics F Gordon Hayward, who would have played his first game against his former team if he has been healthy, met the media just prior to the game and, asked if he could return this season, said, “My mind is open to that. I’m trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal, and taking it day-by-day, goal-by-goal.” ... Jazz F Joe Johnson, a former Celtic, returned, playing his first game since Oct. 30. “I’m just glad to be out there on the court,” Johnson said before playing 15 minutes. “I didn’t have an injury to my lower extremities, so it was just about getting rest and getting strength in my wrist.” ... The Jazz continue their six-game road trip at Cleveland tonight while the Celtics are at Memphis

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