Celtics Wrap: Jaylen Brown's Last-Second 3-Pointer Lifts C's Over Jazz – NESN.com


It was a fitting finish to a gritty road trip.

Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds to play gave the Boston Celtics a 97-94 victory over the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday as the C’s swept their four-game West Coast swing.

Brown paced Boston with 21 points, with four other Celtics contributing double-figure scoring.

Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 22 points for Utah.

The Celtics climb to 52-23 with the win, while the Jazz fall to 42-33.

Here’s how it all went down:

INJURIES CONTINUE
Al Horford and Marcus Morris both missed Wednesday’s game due to ankle injuries.

STARTING FIVE
PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Jayson Tatum
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Guerschon Yabusele
C: Aron Baynes

QUIET FIRST
Things looked promising for the Celtics early when they started the game on a 12-3 run. But the Jazz equalized less than two minutes later and continued to extend the lead, as Boston went on an ugly scoring drought over 4:33 on the other side of its run.

The Jazz finished the first quarter leading 24-18. Rudy Gobert had a game-leading six first quarter points.

C’S GET HOT
Utah extended its lead to eight shortly into the second, but the C’s tied things at 28 with an 8-0 run. After both sides went back and forth for a bit, Boston took the advantage with a 11-0 run to go up 41-32 with with three minutes left in the half.

The Celtics finished the frame ahead 48-39, thanks in part due to Brown heating up. Jayson Tatum had a game-high 12 points in the half, while Brown had 10. The duo were the only ones to score in double figures during the first 24 minutes.

JAZZ TAKE THE LEAD
The Jazz quieted the Celtics offensively on the other side of the break, chipping away at the lead and equalizing with 5:35 to play. From there, they dominated Boston offensively, going on 10-0 run that included a pair of Jae Crowder 3-pointers to take a lead 69-58 with just over four minutes to play in the third. The Jazz’s run swelled to 15-0 before the Celtics stopped the bleeding.

Boston cut into the lead during the remainder of the period, pulling within four as it finished the third trailing 71-67. The Jazz outscored the C’s 32-19 in the quarter.

BROWN WINS IT
Neither team could build a dominant enough run throughout the fourth to swing the momentum one way or the other, but a solid finish resulted in the victory for the C’s.

Boston trailed by six with 2:25 to play, but Greg Monroe added a pair of buckets and Tatum threw down the hammer on a dunk to tie things at 94 with 1:09 left.

After neither team could break the tie as time wound down, Brown sealed the deal in a big way just before the buzzer went off. The second-year pro knocked down a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to give the C’s the win.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
Tatum ties the game with authority.

UP NEXT
The Celtics will return home for a huge matchup Saturday with the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors. Tip-off TD Garden is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images



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