Jazz top Celtics
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Derek Fisher netted 21 points on 8-of-11
shooting from the field to lead a shorthanded Utah Jazz squad to a 105-87
victory over the Boston Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena.
Gordan Giricek stepped up and contributed 16 points off the bench for the
Jazz, who played without forward Andrei Kirilenko and All-Star center Mehmet
Okur. Kirilenko did not play due to a bruised left knee and Okur missed his
second straight contest with back spasms.
Carols Boozer added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which has won five of
its last six games. Matt Harpring provided a spark off the bench for the Jazz
and had 15 points.
Paul Pierce netted 19 points on just 5-of-18 shooting from the field for the
Celtics, who have dropped their last four games. Delonte West finished with 16
points and dished out six assists in the loss.
Leading by six points after the opening quarter, the Jazz opened the second
stanza on a 10-2 run to take a 36-22 lead. Harpring netted six consecutive
points for Utah during the surge.
The Jazz went on to outscore the Celtics, 26-21 in the second quarter to take
a 52-41 advantage into the break.
Giricek led the way with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in the
first half for Utah.
The Jazz outscored the Celtics by one point in the third quarter and took a
76-64 lead into the final frame.
Utah continued to lead in the fourth quarter and used a 10-2 dash to extend
its lead to 91-75 with just under six minutes remaining. Harpring and Fisher
each donated four points during the stretch.
Boston never threatened the rest of the way.
The Jazz have won six in a row at home and are now 22-6 as the host this
season…Utah shot 51.2 percent from the floor while Boston shot 42.5
percent…Deron Williams scored just two points for the Jazz but had 10
assists…The Celtics had a three-game winning streak in Utah snapped…Boston
ended the game with 23 turnovers.