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The Boston Celtics’ players showed a ton of heart on the second game of a back-to-back against the Utah Jazz on Monday night and came away with the 110 -107 overtime win. Paul Pierce came alive with seven of the 13 points in the overtime period. Pierce flirted with a triple-double with 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the final game of a five-game road trip. Randy Foye missed the game-tying triple at the buzzer for the Jazz.
In the first quarter, Avery Bradley led the way with 10 points as the Celtics found themselves ahead 28-26. Bradley scored a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. The Celtics held a 34-27 edge after a Jason Terry three-point shot, but a 17-2 run from the Jazz gave them the 44-36 edge after a basket from Gordan Hayward. The Jazz took the 53-48 lead into the break.
During the third quarter, the Celtics outscored the Jazz 32-19 and had an eight-point lead heading into the final period. The Jazz would tie it early in the fourth and both teams traded baskets down the stretch.
Pierce found a wide-open Jason Terry for a layup, but Hayward answered with two of his team-high 26 points. Pierce answered with a spectacular shot fake and scored to give the Celtics the 97-95 advantage.
The Jazz tied the game on a lefty layup from Alec Burks with 19 seconds left to go. Pierce missed a fade away jumper at the end of regulation. The Celtics were 4-of-15 from the field, but luckily hit all nine of their free throw shots down the stretch to force this game into overtime.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Celtics. Kevin Garnett finished with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Bass had a quiet 15 points. Courtney Lee added 14 points and five rebounds. Off the bench, Terry hit four threes and chipped in 14 points. Jeff Green struggled with six points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Paul Millsap finished with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the Jazz. Marvin Williams scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Al Jefferson had his own double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics will have three days off before they face the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at the TD Garden. The Celtics finished their road trip at 2-3, and continue to hold steady at the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.