The Utah Jazz threatened the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Wednesday night, but it was ultimately the home team that walked away with a 98-93 victory.
The game was tight throughout, with both teams going back and forth, quarter after quarter. The Celtics slowly but surely began tipping the scale through three quarters, but the Jazz made a late comeback, spurred by some big plays from big man Al Jefferson.
Nonetheless, it was Boston that came out on top, sparked by several players, including a bench that simply came to play (47 bench points).
Rajon Rondo left the game late in the third quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury, but backup Leandro Barbosa promptly exploded on the hardwood, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 23 minutes.
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
There were a few candidates in this game for the Celtics, including Barbosa and Jeff Green, who combined for 32 points.
But Paul Pierce scored a game-high 23 points while adding two steals and a block and he gets the game ball.
Up Next for Jazz
Utah visits the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. The 76ers are captained by point guard Jrue Holiday, who leads the team in points per game and assists per game this season.
Up Next for Celtics
Boston visits the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. The Nets have gone 4-2 this season and are coming off three straight wins.