Mitchell’s 37 Points Not Enough To Prevent Utah Jazz From Falling To Boston Celtics
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Donovan Mitchell dropped 37 points on the Boston Celtics but it wasn’t enough to halt the current losing streak by the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz fell for the fourth consecutive game with a 114-103 loss to the Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday, February 26.
Mitchell carried Utah with 37 points on 15-32 shooting although he went 2-10 from distance. The Jazz guard went 5-7 from the foul stripe. Mitchell added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes of play. He posted a -1 plus-minus rating.
Slow Start To Poor Finish
Utah’s struggles began from the jump ball to start the game. The Celtics limited the Jazz to 15 points in the first quarter of the game.
The Jazz responded in the second quarter by outscoring the Celtics by six points to cut their lead over Utah to 53-51 at halftime. Mitchell dropped 20 points in the second quarter to led the Jazz.
The third quarter was a lot of back-and-forth basketball and Boston led Utah by three points as the two teams went to the bench before the final 12 minutes of the game.
The Celtics opened the final quarter with a 15-5 run during the first 4:38 of the fourth quarter. During the run, Boston guard Marcus Smart connected on three triples.
Utah was unable to recover and trailed by double digits for the final 8:21 of regulation.
“I thought we gave a really really good, pure effort,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder after the loss. “We gotta make a few more shots… but I saw a team that was committed to defending and playing together.”
Jazz By The Numbers
Utah’s Mike Conley and Royce O’Neale were the only other Jazzmen to score in double figures against Boston. Conley scored 15 points on 5-13 field goals. O’Neale returned to Utah’s starting lineup and scored 14 points on 4-7 points.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks in 35 minutes.
It was Gobert’s first game without reaching double figures in either points or rebounds since the third game of the season against the Sacramento Kings on October 26.
Bojan Bogdanovic struggled and scored 3 points on 1-8 field goals and 0-4 from three.
Jordan Clarkson led Utah’s bench with 9 points. Utah’s second unit combined for 25 points in the loss.
The Jazz finished the game shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from three-point range.
Blasted By Boston
Boston shot 53.6 percent for the game including 42.3 percent from deep.
“On defense, we know we can take it up another notch,” said Jazz forward Royce O’Neale after the game.
The Celtics’ starting five each scored in double figures led by NBA All-Star Jayson Tatum.
Tatum led Boston with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Former Jazzman and current Celtics forward Gordon Hayward finished the game with 12 points on 4-12 shooting. Hayward added 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in 36 minutes.
Past Jazz big man and current Celtics center Enes Kanter recorded 8 points on 4-4 field goals. Kanter added 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 blocks in 21 minutes.
Boston improved to 41-17 on the season and 18-12 on the road with the 11 point win.
The Jazz lost for the fourth straight home game. Utah hasn’t won since beating the Miami Heat before the NBA All-Star break on February 12.
With the loss, the Jazz moved to 36-22 on the season and 20-9 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Utah finishes its five-game homestand against the Washington Wizards on Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. (MDT).
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