SALT LAKE CITY — The Boston Celtics finished off their road trip with an impressive win on Wednesday, taking down the Utah Jazz 114-103.
Here’s what happened.
1st Quarter: 23-15 Boston
The Celtics jumped out to a quick lead, capped by a weird play in which the Jazz opted not to chase down a rebound and gave Jaylen Brown a corner 3-pointer. Utah appeared oddly lethargic throughout the first period, shooting just 27.3 percent, but a late layup by Donovan Mitchell kept them within single digits.
Notable thing that happened: With roughly three minutes remaining, Brad Stevens went with a lineup that featured only Gordon Hayward of Boston’s three main scorers. Whether it was intentional or not, it forced Hayward to be aggressive despite the boos that rained down on him every time he got the ball, and he scored his first four points during that stretch.
2nd Quarter: 53-51 Boston
Utah, however, wasn’t going to go quietly. Donovan Mitchell went directly at Enes Kanter in the pick-and-roll and got himself going — finishing the first half with 22 points on 10-for-18 shooting. The Jazz exploded on a 17-3 run to take the lead.
But Tatum freed himself a bit and got hot as well. He poured in 25 first-half points on a variety of difficult shots and helped the Celtics rebuild a two-point lead at the break.
Notable thing that happened: Nothing groundbreaking, but watching Mitchell and Tatum go…