Ford Keys to the Game: Jazz 110, Celtics 98

Jazz 110, Celtics 98 - Salt Lake City, UT
By Marc D'Amico, February 25, 2014

Key Moment

Burke and Burks – no, not the law firm – dealt the Celtics a loss Monday night in Utah. Trey Burke and Alec Burks combined to give the Jazz their most important points of the night midway through the fourth quarter.

Utah had led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter but the Celtics made a run. After falling behind by 18, Boston scored eight straight points in just 58 seconds. Jerryd Bayless culminated the spurt with a 3-pointer to slice the Celtics deficit down to 10.

From 18 down to 10, all in the blink of an eye. The Celtics were back in business and had some momentum in their pockets for the first time all night long.

Then the law firm snatched it away.

Burke, a rookie point guard for the Jazz, answered Bayless’ 3-pointer with one of his own on Utah’s next possession. Burke nailed the momentum-breaker just 12 seconds after Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin called for a timeout.

Burke also scored Utah’s next basket before Burks got in on things. Burks nailed a 18-foot jumper and then followed that up with a driving and-one layup to put the Jazz back on top by 15 points with 4:33 remaining in the game.

Sure, that’s a lot of time left on the clock for Boston to make a run, but its mojo had been completely wiped away. Burke’s 3 was worth more than three points. It swayed the tenor of the game back into Utah’s corner. Burks’ next five points gave the Jazz a comfortable lead that never dwindled below nine from that point on.

Key Box Score Line

There is only one Celtic who played well throughout Monday night’s game in Utah. His name is Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk was undoubtedly the best player on the floor for Boston all night long. He did it on offense, he did it on defense, and he did it everywhere in between.

The rookie big man finished Monday’s game having tallied 21 points and eight rebounds, both of which tied for the game high. He shot an fantastic 8-of-13 from the field, 1-of-2 from long range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Olynyk also pitched in four assists and a steal while not committing a single turnover.

As you would imagine, Olynyk’s high level of play made an impact on the game. It provided the Celtics with a boost throughout his 28 minutes of action. He stands as the only Boston player to have played more than eight minutes and finished with a positive plus/minus rating. Olynyk’s plus/minus rating of plus-five was at least nine points better than every other Celtic who logged more than eight minutes of playing time.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Three players (Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk and Alec Burks) tied for the game high in scoring with 21 points apiece.
  • Olynyk also tied for the game high in rebounds with eight.
  • The Celtics shot 44.0 percent from the field, marking their first shooting performance that was better than 39.2 percent since the All-Star break.
  • Utah had six players score at least 12 points.
  • Rajon Rondo scored 18 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists.
  • Rondo shot 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
  • The Jazz tallied 54 points in the paint on 27-of-40 shooting.
  • The game was never tied outside of the initial score of 0-0.
  • Rondo accounted for five of Boston's 14 turnovers.
  • No player in the game committed more than four fouls.
  • The Celtics shot a stellar 20-of-21 from the free-throw line.
  • Boston grabbed only 31 rebounds in the game.
  • Gordon Hayward tied Rondo for the game high in assists with 10.
  • Utah scored at least 27 points in three of the four quarters.

Quote of the Night

Whenever you have 110 points given up, there's two ways to look at it. If you're the offensive team, you feel great about your offensive execution and shot-making. If you're the defensive team, you try to figure out where all the issues were.
Brad Stevens on the Celtics allowing Utah, the league's 28th-ranked scoring team, to pour in 110 points

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