Malcolm Brogdon dribbles against the Jazz in Utah

Keys to the Game: Jazz 118, Celtics 117

Marc D'Amico
Team Reporter and Analyst

Key Moment

Talen Horton-Tucker turned the ball over with 5.0 seconds left to give the Celtics a chance at a last-second win in Utah. Boston, however, was unable to come up with the clutch basket on the final possession of the night.

Joe Mazzulla called for a timeout following Horton-Tucker’s blunder to draw up a potential game-winning play. Boston wound up getting a shot at the basket on the ensuing play, but it did not come off the hands of the player everyone would have anticipated.

Malcolm Brogdon took the ball out of bounds and passed it in to Grant Williams, who had slipped a potential screen for Jayson Tatum and found himself free of his defender, Lauri Markkanen. Williams caught the ball just outside the right elbow and had to make a split-second decision: shoot it, pass it, or drive it.

Williams likely didn’t want to rush a quick shot off the catch, and none of his teammates were immediately open, so he took the ball off the dribble and to the rim. Unfortunately, he was met there by Walker Kessler and Kelly Olynyk, each of whom have a height advantage of at least five inches on him.

At that point, no time remained for Williams to change his course and he was forced to put up a layup attempt in traffic against two of Utah’s tallest players. The shot was blocked by Kessler and the ball wound up trickling away from everyone to the other end of the court as the final buzzer sounded.

Key Player

Malcolm Brogdon returned Saturday night from a one-game absence and was outstanding throughout his 30-plus minutes of action against Utah. He scored 16 points to lead all reserves, and he did so in efficient fashion.

The leading Sixth Man of the Year candidate connected on six of his 12 shots and two of his four 3-pointers on the night. He rounded out his scoring with a 2-for-3 effort from the free-throw line.

Boston outscored Utah by 11 points while Brogdon was on the floor, which marked the top plus/minus rating on the team. Brogdon also contributed five rebounds and four assists while not committing a single turnover.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Five Celtics scored in double-figures, led by Jaylen Brown's 25 points.
  • Boston shot 47.7 percent from the field, 4.4 percent better than Utah, yet still lost.
  • Both teams made 42 field goals.
  • Utah grabbed 17 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second-chance points.
  • Grant Williams set a new regular-season career high with seven made 3-pointers en route to 23 points.
  • Jayson Tatum scored 15 points to become the first player in the league to reach 2,000 points this season.
  • All five of Utah's starters scored between 12 and 28 points, and all finished with a plus/minus rating between plus-seven and plus-18.
  • Luke Kornet led the Celtics with seven rebounds, while three Jazz players grabbed 10 or more. Walker Kessler led the game with 14 boards.
  • Lauri Markkanen led the game with 28 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.
  • Boston dished out 30 assists, while Utah totaled 29.

Quote of the Night

"That was a playoff game. And so we just have to understand that whether it's the second quarter, third quarter or fourth quarter, possessions where you're not detailed can come back to hurt you."

- Joe Mazzulla on Saturday night's loss