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Mo Williams takes Utah Jazz’s loss to Celtics hard
Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) battles for a loose ball with Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, right, reaches around Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) while trying to defend against Williams' drive to the hoop during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) gets by Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward, left, to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) comes away with a loose ball as he and point guard Mo Williams, left, fight for it against Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox, behind, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) drives the baseline against Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, center, hugs teammates Jeff Green, left, and Leandro Barbosa (12) after they defeated the Utah Jazz 98-93 in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson reacts late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, right, dunks over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) drives to the hoop against Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry, right, grabs the ball from Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during a floor scramble in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics forwards Paul Pierce, left, and Chris Wilcox, right, surround Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) in an attempt to steal the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) tries to shoot against the defense of Boston Celtics forwards Kevin Garnett (5) and Paul Pierce, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry, right, grabs the ball from Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during a floor scramble in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Celtics won 98-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston • The Jazz fought back to be in a position to win, so most of them were relatively upbeat following a 98-93 loss to the Celtics.

“It’s not that frustrating when you know that you had opportunities to win the game,” forward Paul Millsap said. “It wasn’t anything they were doing, it was something we had control over.”

The Jazz (4-5) had five shots in the final minute to either take the lead or tie the game, but missed them all. While Millsap remained upbeat, Al Jefferson said he would walk out of TD Garden with his head held high and coach Tyrone Corbin was “proud of the way our guys fought,” the harshness of the loss sank in for Mo Williams in the corner of the visitors’ locker room.

The Jazz point guard dressed slowly, and softly discussed the final plays of the game with Marvin Williams: Why he short-armed the 3-pointer with seven seconds left, why he didn’t dribble back out before missing a layup with 21 seconds left.

Not that frustrating?

Don’t bother trying to sell that idea to Mo Williams, who took the loss — in what could have been the Jazz’s signature win — as a personal insult.

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“I just wish I could have closed it out for us,” he said. “But, I’ll take and make that shot — or miss it — time and time again, if I’m in the position. I’ll shoot it with confidence. I have a lot of confidence in my ability.”

Late Wednesday, Williams took accountability for the loss on Twitter, saying he made a “couple bad decisions.”

Millsap had his second strong outing, following up his 34-point night Monday in Toronto with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Four other Jazz players reached double figures, including Mo Williams, who finished with 14. However, the point guard spent the rest of the night wondering why he couldn’t make one more basket.

Williams had the ball with 32 seconds left, but rather than play for a 2-for-1 situation, held on to the ball. The result was the missed layup he replayed in his mind, over and over.

“Playing back the first shot with my head,” he said. “I don’t know. I think … I don’t know. It felt like I was moving too fast for some reason. The play we drew up kind of broke down.”

The Jazz sustained several runs by the Celtics, who got help from all corners. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 23 points, but both Leandro Barbosa and Jeff Green added 16 points off the bench for Boston.

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At a glance

Storylines Celtics 98, Jazz 93

The Jazz drop their fifth road game.

» Paul Millsap leads the Jazz with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Al Jefferson adds 13 points and 14 rebounds.

» The Jazz have two games remaining on their East Coast road trip, at Philadelphia and at Washington.

» Rajon Rondo records double-digit assists for the 32nd straight game, moving him closer to John Stockton’s record 37 in 1989.

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