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Gobert, Favors hurt in Jazz's 107-95 win over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) The Utah Jazz broke out of a slump that has been plaguing them during their current road trip.

But it came at the cost of two of their starters - one possibly for an extended period.

Ricky Rubio had 22 points, Donovan Mitchell added 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.

Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Hood also finished with 17 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Utah's first victory in Boston since 2008, a span of nine games.

It took everything the Jazz had to make it to the end of the game.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert left early in the first quarter with a left knee injury after teammate Derrick Favors fell backward into his leg. Gobert was able to walk off the court on his own power, but went straight to the locker room and did not return.

The second quarter brought more injuries. First, Boston's Daniel Theis left with a facial injury. Later, the Celtics' Jaylen Brown caught Favors with an incidental elbow, leaving him bleeding from his left eye and Brown from his elbow. Favors received six stitches and did not return.

''That's a team win. Everybody stepped up,'' Rubio said. ''We know that we have a lot of players who can play, and they were ready.''

Coach Quin Snyder said Favors passed the concussion protocol. Gobert will be evaluated Saturday.

''This group's got character and they are going to compete no matter what the circumstances and they did,'' Snyder said.

Boston got no closer than eight points in final quarter.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 33 points. Al Horford added 21 points and seven assists. Boston lost for the third time in five games.

''I gotta give Utah credit, because they grinded the game and they made tough shot after tough shot,'' Horford said. ''They kind of, like, took the life out of you in a way.''

Friday was the first meeting between the teams since Gordon Hayward left Utah in free agency last summer to join the Celtics. But Hayward could only watch as he continues to rehab from the broken left ankle he suffered in Boston's season opener.

Joe Johnson returned to game action for the first time since Oct. 30. He missed 21 straight games while dealing with a right wrist injury.

TIP-INS

Jazz: G Raul Neto sat out his second straight game with a concussion.

Celtics: It was Irving's ninth game this season with 30 or more points. ... Started the second quarter 0 for 14 from the field.

TAKING CONTROL

The Jazz held a 46-39 lead at the half. They were led by Rubio and Hood, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, and shot a combined 10 for 13 from the field.

The Jazz led by as many as 10 in the half and outscored the Celtics 25-13 in the second quarter.

The Celtics struggled from the field in the second quarter, shooting a combined 4 for 21.

HAYWARD RETURN?

Hayward is open to playing this season, but said it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back.

''My mind is open to that,'' Hayward said of the possibility of returning to game action before season's end. ''I'm trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal, and taking it day-by-day, goal by goal. We'll see what happens.''

Wednesday marked a milestone in Hayward's recovery process, when he was able to shed the walking boot he's been using since his surgery in October. He continues to wear a protective brace.

NO HARD FEELINGS

Snyder said no one feels any animosity over Hayward's decision to leave Utah.

''I think everybody understands the decision that he made,'' Snyder said. ''So to see him get hurt, it was hard. I felt horrible for him. I think most of the guys on our team reached out. I know I did. ... We hope that he's back soon.''

MORRIS UPDATE

Marcus Morris (knee soreness) sat out his fourth straight game and won't travel for the upcoming two-game trip. Morris has played in just 16 games this season while dealing with the injury and recently sought a second opinion on it.

''He's had a little bit of a setback here, but it doesn't sound like it's going to be a long-term thing,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Continue six-game trip Saturday at Cleveland.

Celtics: Begin two-game trip Friday at Memphis.

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Key Players
R. Gobert
27 C
K. Irving
11 PG
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
24.0 Pts. Per Game 24.0
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
59.8 Field Goal % 49.4
60.3 Three Point % 49.3
68.3 Free Throw % 88.4
  Defensive rebound by Ekpe Udoh 0:09
  Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alec Burks 0:19
+ 3 Guerschon Yabusele made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 0:40
+ 3 Rodney Hood made 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:05
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 1:05
  Personal foul on Ricky Rubio 1:05
  Team rebound 1:05
  Marcus Smart missed driving layup 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Al Horford 1:13
Team Stats
Points 107 95
Field Goals 40-83 (48.2%) 35-86 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 13-25 (52.0%) 9-31 (29.0%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 59 42
Offensive 9 2
Defensive 46 29
Team 4 11
Assists 19 20
Steals 6 10
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 15 8
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
33 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
1234T
away team logo Jazz 14-15 21253328107
home team logo Celtics 24-7 2613282895
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 14-15 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Celtics 24-7 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
R. Rubio PG 14.0 PPG 7.3 RPG 7.0 APG 35.4 FG%
K. Irving PG 16.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 4.8 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Rubio PG 22 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
K. Irving PG 33 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
48.2 FG% 40.7
52.0 3PT FG% 29.0
77.8 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 33 22 7 5 1 0 2 6 10/15 1/2 1/1 1 6 38 +15
D. Mitchell 36 17 5 9 0 0 3 3 6/18 2/5 3/3 0 5 37 +12
J. Ingles 37 12 8 3 0 0 3 0 4/7 4/6 0/0 0 8 23 +12
D. Favors 12 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 1 9 -1
R. Gobert 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 33 22 7 5 1 0 2 6 10/15 1/2 1/1 1 6 38 +15
D. Mitchell 36 17 5 9 0 0 3 3 6/18 2/5 3/3 0 5 37 +12
J. Ingles 37 12 8 3 0 0 3 0 4/7 4/6 0/0 0 8 23 +12
D. Favors 12 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 1 9 -1
R. Gobert 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jerebko 24 17 7 0 2 1 0 2 6/8 2/3 3/3 2 5 27 +8
R. Hood 30 17 5 0 1 1 1 2 6/14 4/7 1/4 1 4 23 -3
A. Burks 19 8 7 1 1 0 2 3 2/7 0/2 4/4 0 7 16 +6
E. Udoh 28 5 9 1 1 1 2 3 2/4 0/0 1/1 3 6 16 +12
J. Johnson 14 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 3 4 0
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. O'Neale - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 107 55 19 6 3 15 20 40/83 13/25 14/18 9 46 194 +60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 36 33 4 6 0 0 2 3 11/25 2/8 9/9 0 4 47 -10
A. Horford 34 21 6 7 2 0 0 1 9/14 3/5 0/0 1 5 43 -2
J. Tatum 26 7 4 2 0 0 1 4 1/6 1/3 4/4 0 4 14 -7
J. Brown 32 6 6 0 4 2 2 4 3/8 0/3 0/1 0 6 16 +1
A. Baynes 16 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 36 33 4 6 0 0 2 3 11/25 2/8 9/9 0 4 47 -10
A. Horford 34 21 6 7 2 0 0 1 9/14 3/5 0/0 1 5 43 -2
J. Tatum 26 7 4 2 0 0 1 4 1/6 1/3 4/4 0 4 14 -7
J. Brown 32 6 6 0 4 2 2 4 3/8 0/3 0/1 0 6 16 +1
A. Baynes 16 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Larkin 16 9 1 0 1 0 0 1 3/6 1/3 2/2 0 1 11 -8
S. Ojeleye 19 7 1 0 1 0 0 1 3/5 1/3 0/1 0 1 9 +8
M. Smart 32 6 3 5 2 1 2 3 3/13 0/3 0/0 1 2 20 -7
G. Yabusele 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 4 -8
T. Rozier 19 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/2 1/2 0 3 4 -16
A. Nader 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
D. Theis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 95 31 20 10 5 8 18 35/86 9/31 16/19 2 29 173 -60