The Boston Celtics defeated the Utah Jazz 98 to 93. It was a hard fought game by both sides that ended up coming down to the wire. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points and Rondo continued his assault on John Stockton’s consecutive 10+ assist per game record by extending his streak to 32 games. #9 had to leave the game with 4 minutes left the third quarter with a twisted ankle and in true Rondo fashion he returned to the bench minutes later but his night was inevitably done. The bench had a great game headed by the “Brazilian Blur” who flew his way to 16 points.
We saw a familiar face as our old friend Big Al returned to the city that drafted him with the 15th overall pick in ’04. The Jazz made their presence felt on the boards by out rebounding the Green by 48 to 33, with 18 offensive rebounds. Paul Millsap was the leading scorer for the Jazz with 20 and Big Al had a nice game, chipping in with 13 points 14 rebounds, until he got posterized by Jeff Green mid-way through the 4th.
This will be the only trip to Boston for the Jazz, the Green make the trip to Utah in February. This was a good tune up game against a mediocre team to help build some more chemistry, the C’s head to Brooklyn tomorrow night to face their 4-2 Atlantic Division foes.