Tuesday , Feb , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics start road trip in Utah

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics open a four-game road trip tonight, as
they visit the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in both teams first game back
from the All-Star break.

Boston will try and get back on the winning track this evening. On February
15th, LeBron James recorded his eighth career triple-double, with 43 points,
12 rebounds and 11 assists to out duel Paul Pierce and lead the Cleveland
Cavaliers past the Celtics in a 113-109 double overtime thriller at TD
Banknorth Garden.

Pierce led the Celtics with a career-high 50 points before fouling out deep in
the second overtime. Pierce also collected seven rebounds and eight assists
for Boston, which lost for the first time in three games.

The Celtics, who have lost seven in a row on the road, are 4-20 as the visitor
this season. They will also visit Phoenix, Portland and the Lakers on the
current swing.

Utah will try and halt a two-game losing streak. On February 13th, All-Star
Kobe Bryant poured in 23 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the field, as the
Lakers defeated the Jazz, 94-88, at the Staples Center.

Devin Brown netted a career-high 25 points in the loss to the Lakers for the
Jazz, who have lost three of their last five games overall. Mehmet Okur added
a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Andrei Kirilenko struggled for Utah against the Lakers, scoring 10 points on
2-of-12 shooting from the field.

The Jazz are 13-12 as the host this season. They have won three in a row at
the Delta Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
December 21st, Pierce poured in 30 points to lead the Celtics to a 101-89
victory over Utah at TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston has won three straight and four of the last five meetings in this
series. The Celtics have won two straight after losing their last three at