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SALT LAKE CITY — The playoff-bound Boston Celtics handed the Utah Jazz a tough 97-94 loss at Vivint Arena on Thursday night when Jaylen Brown hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds to play.
Turning point: With the game tied at 94-all in the final minute, a poor possession by Utah — which included Jae Crowder’s 3-point attempt being blocked and Joe Ingles missing a floater — gave Boston the chance to win in regulation. On the ensuing possession, the Celtics found an open Brown for the 3-pointer.
Donovan Mitchell's heave didn't connect after a timeout, as Boston ended the game on a 9-0 run.
The hero: Brown had a team-high 21 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Celtics. He also had a key steal with just over a minute remaining that led to a dunk in transition, and Brown added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Both teams had dominant quarters. The Celtics outscored the Jazz 30-15 in the second and hit four 3-pointers while shooting 62.1 percent from the field. Utah then outscored Boston 32-19 in the third and hit five 3-pointers while shooting 45 percent from the field.
- Boston made 12 of 21 3-point shots on the night, while Utah was 9 of 33 from long range.
- The Celtics had a 15-12 edge in second-chance points.
Playoff picture: The loss knocks the Jazz back to eighth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Friday vs. Memphis (21-54), 7 p.m. MDT (AT&T SportsNet)
Sunday at Minnesota (43-33), 5 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)
Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Lakers (32-41), 7 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)
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The Utah Jazz lost a star, but found a team contending for a spot in the NBA playoffs.
What made Gordon Hayward’s decision to leave the Utah Jazz so crushing is that it had taken the Jazz so long to make something of themselves with him. The wing was around for the tail end of Deron Williams’ reign and developed when Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap patrolled. But Utah had made the playoffs just once with Hayward before last season.
After beating the Clippers in the first round, the Jazz looked like an ascendant franchise ... if only they could keep Hayward in free agency.
They could not.
Yet the Jazz have survived that loss, and appear poised to return to the NBA playoffs. Hayward signed with the Celtics and watched his season end in the opening minutes of opening night. The Celtics visit Utah on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), and while we know Hayward won’t suit up it’s unclear if he will be in Salt Lake City at all. Still, while the catharsis of booing Hayward out of the gym must wait, this is an appropriate moment for the Jazz to take stock and take pride in what they have done in Hayward’s wake.
For those of us watching in wonderment as the Jazz threaten noise in the Western Conference playoffs, there are three key lessons from what Utah has accomplished.
1. One brilliant draft pick can change everything
When Hayward announced his decision on July 4, no...
SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was among those who made an observation about Dante Exum’s play Sunday night during the Utah Jazz’s 110-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
This active and quick version of Exum looked like summer league Dante, which is saying something, considering how well the Australian point guard has been able to play in summer action.
Exum’s sixth outing of the season — after missing the first 68 games with a shoulder injury — was easily his best.
“Huge” is how Mitchell described Exum’s contributions to the Jazz’s 13th road win in 14 games.
“He’s real confident,” the Jazz rookie added. “I would say he’s getting back to his summer league days when he was being real confident, knocking down shots, doing what he can. To see him out there doing his thing is really great.”
The 6-foot-6 point guard sparked the sluggish Jazz in a big turnaround after Utah fell behind by nine points against a Golden State team that was missing Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson because of injuries and illness.
Exum’s energy off the bench — combined with the strong play of Jae Crowder and fellow Aussie Joe Ingles — helped Utah flip the momentum and seize the lead for good in the second quarter.
Exum finished with season-highs of 13 points and five assists against the shorthanded Warriors. The Jazz next play Wednesday at home against Boston — minus the injured Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving — after this 2-1 road trip.
“He made a difference in the game,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “He’s able to break the line, get to the rim, just vertically, and that’s something that, against these guys with their length, we traditionally have a harder time doing. When we put him in the game, he did that. He gave us a lift.”
The 22-year-old, now in his fourth season after being picked fifth overall in 2014, played well in a 10-minute outing...
The Warriors (54-18) ruled forward Draymond Green out for Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz (41-32) because of what the team called flu-like symptoms. Green had originally planned to return on Sunday after missing Friday's game against Atlanta with a pelvic contusion. That leaves the Warriors ...
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