Utah at Boston

Pair of double-doubles lift Jazz past Celtics

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Playing well in November is nothing new to the Utah Jazz. This time, they are hoping to sustain their success.

Deron Williams had 26 points and 14 assists, Carlos Boozer added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-100 to become the first team in the NBA with five wins.

Mehmet Okur added 23 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Celtics. Utah was swept by Boston the past two seasons by an average of 11.8 points and last beat the Celtics on Dec. 19, 2003.

The Jazz won their first four games before a 98-89 loss at New Jersey on Wednesday. Utah (5-1) started 6-1 in 2004-05, but ended up 26-56 after Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko missed chunks of the season with injuries.

So far this year, Utah's core of Boozer, Williams, Okur and Kirilenko has been healthy, and the Jazz have the best record in the NBA because of it.

"Knock on wood, we don't have any major injuries," Boozer said. "We're a deeper team than I've ever had since I've had here. We're all young, but some of us are coming into our primes right now. We're excited for the ride we're on right now."

The Jazz, who averaged 92.4 points last season, shot 53 percent from the field to score at least 100 points for the fifth time in six games. Utah didn't score 100 until the 12th game last year.

Paul Pierce scored 30 points and reserve Rajon Rondo had 13 points for the Celtics, who are 1-4 for the first time since 1997-98. Point guard Sebastian Telfair left in the first quarter with shortness of the breath and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. He was diagnosed with bronchospasm and is expected to travel with the team to Cleveland on Saturday, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said.

After Pierce's 3-pointer tied it at 56 early in the third quarter, Okur and Kirilenko combined for 11 points to spark a 15-0 Utah spurt that gave the Jazz the lead for good.

"We just got hot at the right time," Williams said. "Our offense was clicking. We ran some good plays, executed, and the ball was going in the basket."

Following Williams' jumper, Okur hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Kirilenko then closed out the run by blocking Ryan Gomes' layup, hitting a 3-pointer on the other end and making a layup to make it 71-56 with 6:48 remaining in the quarter.

Boston chipped away at the lead and pulled to within 101-98 with 1:19 left, but Williams made three free throws in the closing minute to close out the win.

"At the end of the quarter, they came out aggressive and we came out flat," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "There's no excuse for that. We got back in it with going extremely small and speeding the game up. We had ample times down the stretch, but they had a couple big turnovers."

Kirilenko scored nine points and blocked five shots.

Boston led by as much as seven late in the first quarter, but Utah went on a 10-0 spurt spanning the first and second quarters. Williams made all four of his shot attempts in the second period to help Utah outscore Boston 25-17 and take a 52-48 lead.

"This just goes to show you that when you don't play the defense that you need to play, you dig yourself a hole," Pierce said. "You put so much pressure on our offense when you don't get any stops. It's almost a must that we come down and score every time."

Notes

  • Utah guard Gordan Giricek missed the game after returning to Utah on Thursday to get an MRI on his right leg. Doctors found a spot on his Achilles' tendon, and Giricek is expected to at least miss Saturday's game in Milwaukee.
  • For the first time this season, the Celtics used the same starting lineup in consecutive games.
  • After failing to score in consecutive games, Jazz guard C.J. Miles had just two points in 18 minutes.
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Deron Williams scores a team-high 26 points, but he also dishes out 14 assists. (Getty Images)
Deron Williams scores a team-high 26 points, but he also dishes out 14 assists. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Utah (5-1) «27253025107
Boston (1-4) 31172230100
UTA:D. Williams 26 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 14 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 14 Ast
BOS:P. Pierce 30 Pts
BOS:P. Pierce 9 Reb
BOS:W. Szczerbiak 6 Ast
Players of the Game
BostonUtah

P. Pierce

D. Williams
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
309426514
Utah
D. Williams, PG4010-156-9514326
C. Boozer, PF399-136-8144324
M. Okur, C329-131-271323
A. Kirilenko, SF314-80-02449
C. Miles, SF191-40-02122
D. Fisher, PG322-123-44348
M. Harpring, SF181-31-22113
P. Millsap, PF174-70-03138
J. Collins, C81-30-00122
R. Brewer, SG41-10-01002
G. Giricek, SGDid Not Play
R. Araujo, CDid Not Play
R. Powell, SFDid Not Play
D. Brown, PGDid Not Play
B. Chase, PGDid Not Play
Totals 42-7917-25403025107
 53.2%68.0% 
Boston
P. Pierce, SF4212-232-694430
W. Szczerbiak, SF355-153-356314
R. Gomes, SF295-81-293211
T. Ratliff, C170-01-23011
S. Telfair, PG72-30-01114
D. West, SG254-101-122110
R. Rondo, G255-103-543313
K. Perkins, C235-50-241210
T. Allen, SG192-31-23015
B. Scalabrine, PF100-10-03110
G. Green, SF70-22-20132
M. Olowokandi, CDid Not Play
A. Jefferson, PFDid Not Play
L. Powe, PFDid Not Play
A. Ray, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8014-25432222100
 50.0%56.0% 
Other Games
Sea 99 Final
Char 85
Atl 111 Final
Tor 102
Mil 111 Final
Wash 116
Orl 83 Final
Ind 93
Den 108 Final
Phi 101
Mia 113 Final
NJ 106
NY 94 Final
Hou 103
NO 91 Final
Port 92
Det 97 Final
LAL 83