The Boston Celtics scored a huge overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, 110-107, running out winners in a back-and-forth affair.
Paul Pierce was the star player for the Celtics on the night—finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, including some key plays throughout the second half—whilst Gordon Hayward was the top scorer for the Jazz with 26 points.
Utah took a five-point lead into the halftime interval following some strong defensive plays and rebounding on the boards, but quickly saw that lead disappear after the break. Boston put on 32 points in the third quarter to just 19 from the Jazz and held an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter.
But like so much of the match, the trailing team would rally back to close the gap in the fourth quarter, with Utah going on a 13-2 run to take the lead back.
From there, the two teams would trade buckets right up until the end of regulation, when a Paul Piece turnaround jumper missed the mark, sending this one to overtime.
The Celtics would stretch out with a five-point lead, but ended up relying on the cool free-throw shooting of Courtney Lee after leading by just one with one second left.
Dynamic three-point shooter Randy Foye would miss on his game-tying attempt, and Boston would leave the EnergySolutions Arena with a huge win as a result.
Player of the game: Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
Ever since Rajon Rondo was ruled out for the season, Paul Pierce has stepped up in a big way for the Celtics, and he continued to do so again here.
Pierce finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, with only Kevin Garnett able to claim better numbers in one of those categories on the night.
It was Pierce's third game in his past four matches that saw him drain at least 20 points and five assists, proving his value to the Celtics once again.
Up next for the Celtics
Boston now has some time off before their next home fixture, with the Celtics not featuring until the March 1, when they meet the Golden State Warriors.
Boston will be back at the TD Garden for that match, a venue that they've lost just nine times at all year as opposed to 20 wins. The Warriors, by comparison, have a losing record on the road this year and have lost six of their past 10 despite winning three in a row.
Up next for the Jazz
Utah's next game will be at home on Wednesday when they take on the Atlanta Hawks, whom they lost to 103-95 in Atlanta earlier in the season.
The Jazz are 31-27 for the season but winless through their past three, while the Hawks have won their past three and are climbing up the Eastern Conference.
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