Donovan Mitchell, Jazz Beat Celtics 123-115 in Gordon Hayward’s Return to Utah

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) guards Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) as he drives in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday Nov. 9, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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The Utah Jazz defeated the Boston Celtics 123-115 on Friday night as Gordon Hayward made his first appearance at Vivint Smart Home Arena since he bolted for Brad Stevens’ squad as a free agent in the summer of 2017.  

Hayward, who was booed every time he touched the ball, wasn’t heard from often and finished with 13 points (3-of-9 shooting, 6-of-6 from the free-throw line) and seven assists. 

As a team, the Celtics (7-5) shot just 44.3 percent from the field on the second night of a back-to-back following a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Phoenix Suns. 

The Jazz (6-6), on the other hand, shot 55.8 percent from the floor as balance ruled the day. 

Joe Ingles led a group of six double-figure scorers and tied his career high with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three. Donovan Mitchell added 21 points and five dimes as Utah ripped off its second straight win.

                        

What’s Next? 

The Celtics will enjoy a day off Saturday before they wrap up their five-game road trip Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Jazz, meanwhile, will embark on a five-game road swing of their own that begins Monday at FedEx Forum against the Memphis Grizzlies. 

                      

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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November 9, 2018 at 09:16PM

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