Kevin Garnett had 23 points, Paul Pierce scored 20 and Brandon Bass added 19 as the Celtics overcame blowing an 18-point second-half lead to outlast the Jazz, 94-82, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Al Jefferson -- who had a minor arm-swinging run-in with Garnett in the fourth -- finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. As a result of their third straight win, the Celtics improved to 28-22 and again tied the 76ers for first in the Atlantic Division.
Rajon Rondo finished with 14 assists, becoming the first NBA player with double-digit assist totals in 11 straight games since Steve Nash in 2009.
Both teams were sluggish to start the game and it showed in the shooting percentages, as the Jazz made just 7-of-21 shots but converted all three 3-pointers they attempted to take a 21-18 lead after 12 minutes. The Celtics -- who made just 8-of-22 shots in the opening quarter -- found their shooting range in the second quarter, converting 11-of-20 shots. The highlights of the first half were alley-oop dunks by Ryan Hollins on perfect feeds from Rondo on consecutive possessions.
Trailing 23-18 following a Derrick Favors dunk on the first play of the second quarter, the Celtics went on a 26-6 run to take a 15-point lead. The Celtics outscored Utah 28-14 in the second quarter to take a 46-35 halftime lead.
The Celtics continued on fire in the third quarter, builing their lead up to 18 (61-43) early in the quarter. But Utah closed with a 17-3 spurt to get within four, 64-60. The Jazz held a commanding 42-25 rebounding edge, offsetting Boston's ballhandling advantage. The Celtics committed just six turnovers while Utah had 13.
Alec Burks drove to the basket, made a layup and was fouled. His free throw knotted the game, 66-66, with just over 11 minutes left. But Keyon Dooling answered on the next possession with a 3-pointer and Garnett followed that up on the next possession with a jumper as part of a 7-0 run that made it 73-66.
Jazz guard Gordon Haward provided a spectacular highlight, blocking Dooling and Avery Bradley in the span of 10 seconds on consecutive bids for a layup. He then scrambled for the loose ball and raced up the court with the ball, leading to a pair of Jazz free throws.
The Celtics are off Thursday before traveling to Minnesota for a Friday night game against Kevin Love and the Timberwolves. They return home Sunday to host LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat at the Garden.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.More from this show
The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.More from this show
In the 6 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the latest season ending injury for Gronk and the joint statement released by the team last night.More from this show