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Boston 110, Utah 86: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce Pace Celtics In Win Over Jazz

Kevin Garnett scored a game-high 21 points and Paul Pierced added 20 points as the Boston Celtics routed the Utah Jazz, 110-86, at TD Garden on Friday night.

Garnett was lights out from the floor, making 7-of-10 shots and 7-of-8 free throws, while Pierce made 5-of-8 field goals, 3-of-3 three pointers and 7-of-8 free throws.

Ray Allen added 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting (2-of-8 3PT) for the Celtics (33-9). Rajon Rondo only had four points, but had 12 assists and five rebounds. Glen Davis scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds and Semih Erden added 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Celtics. 

Shaquille O'Neal, the Celtics' starting center, scored two points and had one assist before leaving the game with an unspecified injury after only playing six minutes.

Earl Watson scored 12 points to lead the Jazz (27-16), who have now lost three in a row. Andre Kirilenko, Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward all had 11 points and both Francisco Elson and C.J. Miles scored nine points for Utah.

Deron Williams, who leads the Jazz in scoring and assists, was held to only five points and six assists. Former Celtic Al Jefferson finished with seven points, five rebounds and four assists for the Jazz.

Boston made 37-of-67 shots (55.2%) and 9-of-21 threes (42.9%) while shooting 87.1% from the free throw line (27-of-31). Utah shot 40% for the game and made 4-of-13 three pointers and 26-of-34 free throws.

The Celtics took control of the game right from the opening tip, outscoring the Jazz 30-19 in the opening quarter. Boston maintained the pace in the second quarter, outscoring Utah 29-22 to take a commanding 59-41 halftime lead.

Boston's dominance continued in the second half, outscoring the Jazz 51-45 en route to its fifth straight victory. With the win, Boston closes its six-game homestand with an impressive 5-1 record.

The Celtics travel to the nation's capital to face John Wall and the struggling Wizards on Saturday at 7 p.m. EST. Utah travels to face the Philadelphia 76ers in search of their first win in the fourth game of their five-game road trip at 7:30 p.m. EST.