Donovan Mitchell, Jazz Beat Celtics 123-115 in Gordon Hayward’s Return to Utah
Rick Bowmer/Associated Press
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.
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.
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November 9, 2018 at 09:16PM