Collin Sexton Leads Jazz In Rough First Half Against Celtics

Jan 5, 2024, 6:05 PM | Updated: 6:07 pm


Collin Sexton #2 of the Utah Jazz dribbles against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center on November 06, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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BOSTON – Collin Sexton was a bright spot for the Utah Jazz in an otherwise rough half against the Boston Celtics.

Utah trailed Boston by 31 at halftime, 71-40.

Sexton led the Jazz in scoring in the first half with 12.

Lauri Markkanen and Sexton helped a sputtering Jazz offense make a second-quarter run to close the Celtics lead.

Boston led by as much as 36 in the first half.

Sexton has been a big part of Utah’s recent success. Over the last ten games, he has averaged 21.1 points and 4.5 assists.

Jazz Open Difficult Four-Game Stretch Against Celtics

The Utah Jazz will open their toughest four-game stretch of the season when they travel to Boston to face the Celtics on Friday night.

The Celtics own the best record in the NBA at 26-7 and are 11-2 in their last 13 games.

The Jazz face the Celtics with the wind at their backs having won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 12.

After facing the league-leading Celtics the Jazz will travel to Philadelphia to face the 23-10 76ers on Saturday before meeting the 25-10 Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

The Jazz then return home to face the 25-11 Denver Nuggets marking four straight games against legitimate NBA title contenders.

After a 1-11 start to the season on the road, the Jazz are 4-3 in their last seven games away from Salt Lake City and sit just a game back of the 10th and final play-in tournament seed in the West.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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