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Jazz Beat Celtics In Hayward’s Return To Utah

Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) skips down the court after sinking a three in the final minute of the game against the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz won their second straight game at home as they beat the Boston Celtics 123-115.

Former Jazz man Gordon Hayward made his first appearance against Utah in a Celtics uniform. He had 13 points and 7 assists on 3-of-9 shooting from the field.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots over Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

Joe Ingles tied his career high with 27 points, including 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-9 from the three-point line.

Donovan Mitchell added 21 points and Jae Crowder scored 20 points off the bench.

Jazz Hold Off Comeback

In the third quarter, Utah held a 20 point lead with 6:26 left. Boston climbed back into the game and pulled to within four points with 5:24 left in the game. The Jazz kept a distance, outscoring the Celtics 18-14 to finish the game with a win.

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was pleased with how his team pulled out the win.

“Proud of how our guys competed. Boston is a really good team.”

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) shoots during the game against the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

Jae Crowder Facing Old Team

Crowder had an outstanding performance off the bench for the Jazz as he scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He hit four three pointers including a critical triple to put the Jazz up by seven points as the Celtics were trimming the lead.

Snyder was asked about what Crowder means to the Jazz.

“Jae (Crowder) has a heartbeat that you can feel. His role has grown, not just on the court but his leadership.”

Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) celebrates after scoring on the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

Next Up

The Jazz improved to 6-6 on the season. They will begin a five-game road trip on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. and can be seen on AT&T SportsNet.