The Boston Celtics were threatened on their home court Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz. Ultimately, the Celts pulled it together with a 98-93 victory.
The game was close the entire time, both teams going back and forth each quarter. Eventually, the Celtics started to get up but the Jazz made a late come back with the help of Al Jefferson. Boston did end up coming out on top, however.
“They outran us in the first half. Second half we got back. Wasn’t any adjustment,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “I just told the guys, ‘You know after you score, you can’t do your home run job and wave at everybody. They’re coming right back at you.’ And I thought we got caught off-guard in the first half with that, and the second half we were terrific.”
Rajon Rondo appeared to have an ankle injury and was taken out in the third quarter. His replacement, Leandro Barbosa, came in and lit up the court, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 in only 23 minutes.
Doc Rivers commented, “Barbosa was terrific. I mean, he bailed us out.”
“That’s what we brought him in here for,” captain Paul Pierce said. Pierce had an outstanding game himself, scoring a game-high 23 points as well as two steals and a block.