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It would have been easy for the Boston Celtics to fold after their 24-point halftime lead was sliced down to four.

They didn’t fold. Instead, they folded the Jazz.

Boston managed to stem the tide after Utah opened the third quarter on a 25-5 run. The Jazz cut the C’s lead down to four at 60-56 with 3:48 remaining in the third before Boston cut off Utah’s momentum.

Tayshaun Prince, who was the best player on the floor Monday night, served as Boston’s calming factor during the most important stretch of the game. The 13-year veteran nailed two free throws to make it 62-56 and then hit a running jumper to make it an eight-point game.

The Celtics and Jazz essentially went back and forth for the remainder of the quarter. Boston scored 11 points over the final three and a half minutes, while Utah scored 10.

There is no doubt that Boston began to worry as the Jazz made their run. There is also no doubt that the C’s zapped Utah’s momentum with their response and comfortably held on for a 99-90 win.

Key Player

No one knew what Tayshaun Prince would bring to the Celtics when they acquired him earlier this month. We’re beginning to see that the 13-year veteran has plenty left in the tank.

Prince was Boston’s leading scorer during Monday night’s 99-90 victory over the Utah Jazz. He came off the bench to drop in 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, propelling the Celtics to a 16-point advantage during his 30 minutes of playing time. Prince also dished out five assists on the night.

While his numbers undoubtedly stand out, Prince’s intangibles were most critical to Boston’s win. He was the team’s calming factor throughout the night, making key play after key play. Among those key plays were his steal and dish to Brandon Bass for a breakaway dunk that essentially clinched the game, putting the C’s on top 91-83 with 2:10 remaining.

Prince was an unknown in Boston just a couple of weeks ago. Not anymore. He is playing great basketball for the Celtics.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Eight of the 10 Celtics who appeared in the game finished with a positive plus/minus rating.
  • Shockingly, Brandon Bass finished with a minus-21 in the plus/minus category despite providing eight points and seven rebounds.
  • Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 26 points.
  • Boston limited Utah to just 42.7 percent shooting and 18 assists.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Celtics with 19 points.
  • Prince and Marcus Smart tied for the game high in assists with five apiece.
  • Boston shot 21-of-23 from the free-throw line.
  • Derrick Favors blocked four shots and Rudy Gobert blocked three.
  • Neither team grabbed more than 39 rebounds in the game.
  • Utah was whistled for 23 fouls, compared to just 15 whistles on the C's.
  • Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with nine rebounds. He also scored 12 points.
  • No player in the game recorded a double-double.
  • Tyler Zeller came off the bench to score 14 points and grab seven rebounds.
  • Boston was outscored in points in the paint (44-36), second-chance points (14-11) and fast break points (15-11) yet still won.
  • Boston's largest lead was 24 points, while Utah's was just two points.
  • Trey Burke scored 18 points but logged zeroes in every other statistical category.

Quote of the Night

It was difficult, but this is my life.

Marcus Smart on the challenge of returning to action tonight after having a family member pass last week.

Key Player

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