Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
Gordon Hayward made one heck of a play to give the Utah Jazz an 84-83 lead over the Boston Celtics late Wednesday night.
However, he also made the mistake of leaving time on the clock.
Hayward drained a pull-up jumper over Tyler Zeller with 1.7 seconds left in the game, providing the Celtics with one last chance at grabbing a win. They capitalized on that chance in fashion.
Brad Stevens called for a timeout to advance the ball to half court and to draw up a potential game-winning play for his guys. Stevens chose Marcus Smart as the team’s inbounder.
Smart took the ball out of bounds but could not find an open passing lane as the nearest referee began counting to five. With Stevens nearby asking Smart to throw the ball inbounds, the rookie turned to the referee and called for a timeout just before a five-second violation was whistled.
That decision was a game-changer, as Stevens was afforded another opportunity to draw up a game-winning play.
This one worked.
Stevens asked Tyler Zeller to set a screen at the top of the key for Jae Crowder, which led to a switch. Rookie guard Rodney Hood, at 6-foot-7, was left defending the 7-foot Zeller as he rolled to the basket.
Smart saw the switch and lobbed a high-arcing pass to Zeller, who reeled in the bomb directly under the basket. Zeller landed and spun to his left, leaving him facing the opposite basket. He jumped into the air and kissed a right-handed layup off of the left side of the glass as his body moved in the opposite direction.
Time expired as the ball hit the glass and then fell through the net, giving the Celtics an incredible 85-84 victory.
Isaiah Thomas just continues to sizzle with the Boston Celtics. It took him a while to warm up Wednesday night, but you wouldn’t know it after looking at his box score line.
Thomas finished off Boston’s win over the Jazz with a game-high 21 points. He was the only player to reach the 20-point barrier, and no player on the Jazz scored more than 16.
Following a pair of inefficient shooting nights, the 5-foot-9 point guard made his shots count against Utah. He made six of his 12 shots on the night, including a 2-of-5 effort from long range. He also got to the line for a game-high eight free throw attempts, seven of which fell through the basket.
This impressive scoring night was logged despite the fact that Thomas nearly went scoreless during the first half. He went into the locker room at halftime with only two points on 1-of-3 shooting.
Thomas also contributed a team-high seven assists on the night. This marks the fourth time in seven games with Boston that Thomas has dished out exactly seven helpers.
Box Score Nuggets
- The Celtics tied a franchise record by committing only three turnovers.
- After scoring no more than 18 points during either of the first two quarters, Boston scored at least 24 during each of the final two quarters.
- Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 21 points.
- Boston won despite shooting just 37.5 percent from the field.
- Utah outrebounded Boston by a count of 51-39.
- Trey Burke dished out a game-high eight assists.
- The teams combined to shoot an ugly 58.5 percent from the free-throw line.
- Marcus Smart's two steals doubled the total number of steals Utah grabbed on the night.
- Rudy Gobert led the game with 16 rebounds and three blocks.
- Jae Crowder scored 18 points off the bench for Boston.
- Tyler Zeller, who scored the game-winning basket, led the Celtics with 11 rebounds.
- Thomas totaled seven assists, three more than any other member of the C's.
- Only one of Boston's starters, Avery Bradley, with 13 points, scored more than eight points.
Quote of the Night
That was an unbelievable pass and an unbelievable catch and finish.
Isaiah Thomas on the final play of the game.