Celtics 94, Jazz 82: Kevin Garnett's Double-Double Leads Boston Past Utah

Kevin Garnett's vintage 23-point, 10-rebound night helped lead the Boston Celtics past the Utah Jazz, 94-82, on Wednesday evening at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Paul Pierce scored 20 points and Brandon Bass added 19 points in the victory.

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Celtics Playoff Run: Sean Grande Discusses Whether Celtics Could Make Deep Charge

Could the Boston Celtics make a similar playoff run to the improbable one they pieced together in 2010?

Radio announcer Sean Grande isn't sure, but he sees room for comparison between the two Celtics squads.

"Two years ago we were talking at this time of year and the Celtics looked atrocious. It looked like the three-year run was over and they had no chance in the playoffs," Grande said.

"The 2012 Celtics, if you start from Christmas Day, which is when this season began, and you compare it step by step -- win and loss, scoring differential, all the categories -- this team has been better than the 2010 team was at this time of year when it seemed like they had no chance. Then they got healthy in the playoffs and everybody knows what happened -- they got all the way to Game 7 [against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals].

"But I don't know if that can happen because Chicago and Miami are so much better than the Cleveland and Orlando teams the Celtics faced two years ago. But there's certainly room for comparison."

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Celtics Vs. Jazz: Paul Pierce Calls Kevin Garnett 'Inspiring'

With 23 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, Kevin Garnett continued to provide a consistent presence for the Boston Celtics.

"He's been playing like that a lot since the second half of the season," Paul Pierce said. "We've been going to him a lot more, making more of a presence on the inside, and he's doing it on both ends of the court. It really is inspiring to the teammates when he's got it going like that on both ends of the court. We kind of feed off his energy."

Since the All Star break, Garnett has averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, significantly improved from his pre-All Star break averages of 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. And Garnett's increased production has come in almost exactly the same amount of playing time: he played 30.8 minutes per game before the All Star break and has averaged 31.5 minutes since.

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Celtics Vs. Jazz: Al Jefferson Says It's Good To Be Back In Boston

BOSTON - Al Jefferson spent the first three years of his career with the Boston Celtics before he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the deal that brought Kevin Garnett to Boston and ultimately led to a Celtics championship.

Jefferson returned to TD Garden once again on Wednesday, but the result wasn't any different than other times he has returned to Beantown as a member of another team. Another game, another loss. Nevertheless, he was happy to be back.

"It's always good coming back here," said Jefferson, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Utah Jazz' 94-82 loss. "It'd be nice to get a win. I haven't beaten them since I left. But it's always good to come back. They always play their best. We put ourselves in a position to win. That's all we can ask for."

Jefferson got into a little spat with the man he was traded for, Garnett, in the second half. The two got mixed up after the whistle and both received double technicals. Big Al knew who he was up against, though, and wasn't surprised in the least by the altercation.

"That's just him being himThat's all I've got to say about that."

Jefferson is averaging 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds in 46 games in Utah this season.

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Celtics 94, Jazz 82: Kevin Garnett Paces Boston In Win Over Utah

BOSTON - After nearly giving up an 18-point lead in the second half, the Boston Celtics used key minutes from their bench and a boost from their stars to recover from the near mishap and hang on for a 94-82 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Kevin Garnett led the way for Boston with a vintage 23-point, 10-rebound night. Paul Pierce scored 20 and Brandon Bass added 19 as Boston shot 46.8 percent from the floor. Rajon Rondo only scored six, but had 14 assists. Boston was out-rebounded, 49-38.

"Well it's what we've been doing," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers about his team being out-rebounded. "Do I like it? No. But it's who we are right now. Going into the game rebounding was a key for us and honestly we didn't do a good job there. They're a great rebounding team though. They're number one in the paint and overall I thought we did pretty well."

An uneventful first quarter in which neither team shot better than 36 percent gave way to a strong frame for the Celtics, who used a 24-8 run to pull ahead 42-29 with 2:37 remaining before the half, at which point Boston would take an 11-point advantage, 46-35.

Another strong start in the third quarter had the Celtics up by 18 points (61-43 at 7:39), but the Jazz answered with a 17-3 run in the period to cut the deficit to four points, 64-60 at the 2:18 mark. Al Jefferson helped to spark the run, scoring 10 points during that span.

Utah would tie the game at 66 and trailed by three, 73-70, with 8:35 to go, but Sasha Pavlovic (five points) and Keyon Dooling (seven points) both made timely threes in the fourth to help Boston run its lead back up to eight, 78-70, and both Garnett and Bass would help the Celtics maintain that advantage until the clock hit the triple zeros.

"That's just Boston being Boston," Jefferson said about the Celtics' recovery after the Jazz tied the game. "They stepped up their defense. They hit big shots. They're a veteran team."

"We got down and I'm proud of the fact the guys fought back," said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin. "We had a chance ... We missed the two free throws and just didn't have enough to get over the hump at the end. I'm proud of the fact they guys, especially on the road against this team, fought back and gave themselves a chance at the end."

Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to pace Utah, which was held to 39 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 19 points and Paul Millsap had 16 points.

Boston will likely be tempted to look ahead to matchup with the Miami Heat on Sunday, but a road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night stands in its way.


Final - 3.28.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Utah Jazz 21 14 26 21 82
Boston Celtics 18 28 20 28 94

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Celtcs Vs. Jazz Score Update: Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass Help Boston To 46-35 Halftime Lead

The Boston Celtics are hosting the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at the Garden. The Jazz are fighting to stay in the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but enter the game sporting a dreary 8-17 record on the road. Through the first half of play, the Celtics hold a sizable 46-35 lead.

The Jazz came out with guns blazing and outscored Boston in the first quarter, 21-18, but the Celtics clamped down and allowed the visitors just 14 points in the second quarter, while dropping in 28 of their own.

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass lead all scorers with 11 points each. Rajon Rondo is having a solid game, with four points, three rebounds and seven assists. On the Jazz side, Gordon Hayward is Utah's top scorer, with nine points.

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Ray Allen Status: Celtics Guard Out Vs. Jazz On Wednesday Night

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen was a last-minute scratch for Wednesday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

Allen participated in the morning shootaround but is apparently still battling a sore right ankle and is unable to play. Boston head coach Doc Rivers ruled Allen out about an hour before the game. Rivers is hoping that his guard will be back on the court on Friday against the Timberwolves. Allen has missed the past three games for Boston. The Celtics are 2-1 in those games.

Without Allen, the team will have to turn to Avery Bradley once again. Bradley has averaged 4.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.9 minutes per game this season.

Allen has started 41 games this season for Boston. He's averaged 14.6 points (third on the team), 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game and 1.02 steals per game (third on the team) in 34.2 minutes per game.

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Mickael Pietrus Injury Update: Pietrus Says He's 'Improving Day By Day'

Mickael Pietrus tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he is improving from a concussion suffered last week against the Philadelphia 76ers, but does not yet know when he'll return to the Boston Celtics lineup.

"Update: Hello My condition is improving day by day. No timeframe on when I will be able to step on the court," Pietrus tweeted.

The wing needed to be carted off the court on a stretcher after a collision against the 76ers on Friday. Though the moment was scary, especially for the Celtics, who lost Marquis Daniels in a similar collision last season, MRIs showed no serious damage and Pietrus is expected to make a full recovery and return this season.

With Pietrus out of the lineup and Ray Allen also nursing an injury, Doc Rivers was forced to insert Avery Bradley into the starting lineup. Bradley has performed admirably in two games as Boston's starting shooting guard, but Pietrus and Allen are the team's two best sharp-shooters.

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Ray Allen Injury Update: Sharpshooter A Game-Time Decision Against Utah Jazz

Ray Allen, who has missed the past three games with a sore right ankle, participated in the Boston Celtics morning shootaround Wednesday and is considered a game-time decision for the Celtics' tilt with the Utah Jazz according to the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

The Celtics are 2-1 in Allen's absence, and Avery Bradley has performed admirably while filling in as a starter. But the Celtics still miss Allen's floor-spacing capabilities, especially since the team's primary deep threat off the bench, Michael Pietrus, suffered a concussion and has also been out of the lineup.

Considering that the final month of the Celtics regular season schedule includes three games with the Miami Heat, two against the Atlanta Hawks, and one each against the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic, the Celtics would love to be at full strength down the stretch.

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Celtics Vs. Jazz: Al Jefferson Makes Another Return To TD Garden

Al Jefferson returns to the city where he began his career as the Utah Jazz battle the Boston Celtics for the only time this season at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday evening at TD Garden in Boston, MA (TV/Radio: CSNNE/WEEI).

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