Boston Celtics have a big win over Utah Jazz in OT
Monday night the Boston Celtics made a statement in their win over the Utah Jazz, winning in overtime 110-107 in Utah. That statement is to not count them out yet.
The Celtics may be old but that does mean that they cannot still win it. Veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett counted for 11 of the 13 points scored in the over time period, according to the Boston Herald.
This was a huge win for the Celtics and the team knew it. Garnett refused to sit out at the beginning of the fourth quarter, even though coach Doc Rivers told him to.
“He just told me I was going to sit the first couple of minutes and I wasn’t comfortable with that. I didn’t overrule him, but he trusted what I was saying, and it worked out,” Garnett said.
It was not an easy game, since the Jazz was not going to go down without a fight. Jazz’s sixth man, Gordon Hayward, lead the way for the team with 26 points. Eleven of those points were in the fourth quarter.
Hayward made the layup that tied the game up in the final 20 seconds before Pierce missed his shot that send the game into over time.
Garnett spoke of experience for how the Celtics won. Since he has been around for a while and has played his fair share of over time periods as many of the players have they knew what they needed to do
“We needed this. We had parts where we couldn’t pull away, where they really brought it on. It’s always been one of the hardest places to play on the road and always will be. But we kept to simple Celtics basketball. Pick-and-rolls. We just rolled with Paul the whole second half,” Garnett said.
It had been a grueling road trip for the Celtics. This was their fifth game in seven days and the Celtics had already lost three of the four previous games, reports ESPN Boston.
It does not make it any easier when there is a trade deadline in the middle of a trip on the road. The Celtics picked up Jordan Crawford to help replace Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa. Both have torn ACLs and are out for the season.
Pierce and Garnett will not let this season end without fighting for it. Pierce was the leader in this game while Garnett supported him. In the OT period it was Piece who hit the three most critical shots. He hit a 3-pointer with 2:30 minutes remaining in the extra period. On the other side of the court he got the rebound and brought it back for a jumper. Once the Jazz missed their shot, Pierce came back for another jumper.
At that point there was 1:15 minutes remaining in the OT period. It was some exceptional basketball, showing that the Celtics will not give up easily.