Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ingles scores 27 points, Jazz outlast Celtics

Ingles scores 27 points, Jazz outlast Celtics

The outstanding performance continued what has been an excellent season for the Australian veteran, who is averaging a career-best 12.6 points per game in 11 starts for the Jazz this season. Playing without injured Kyrie Irving, the Celtics closed within four on multiple occasions late in the period, the final time on a 3-pointer from Marcus Smart that made it 111-107 with 2:19 left. "It was good to see just the people walking in, see some of the people around the arena, the staff over there and some of the players".

Donovan Mitchell added 21 points for Utah, Jae Crowder had 20, and Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

"As good as we were defensively in the first nine games, I don't think we've been as good the last three", coach Brad Stevens said. I think one of the things we've got to do a better job of as a group is put all of our guys in position to be more successful within their strengths.

The Jazz started to pull away when they scored 3-pointers on each of their final four possessions of the second quarter to take a 58-51 halftime lead.

The Jazz eventually built their lead to 20 points, going up 83-63 on a layup from Crowder, before Boston rallied in the fourth quarter. Rozier nailed a 3 to cap off the run and cut Utah's lead to 100-96. You can imagine he knew what that would mean. Although 16 months have passed since he announced his decision to leave Utah for Boston through free agency on July 4, 2017, fans were still upset.

The 31-year-old Australian was lights out from the field, knocking down 10 of his 14 field goals including five three-point shots to go along with five rebounds and an equal team-high seven assists.

In limited minutes, as he continues to work his way back from his injury, Hayward scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field.

Hayward said he caught up with his former Jazz teammate and close friend Joe Ingles - who tied his career-high of 27 points versus Boston. Utah finished with 45-28 advantage on rebounds against Boston.

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