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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)
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The Celtics led by six points with 7:09 remaining, but the Jazz rallied. An 18-footer by Jefferson with 1:55 left in the fourth tied the game at 93, and momentum seemed to be in the Jazz’s favor.

But they would not score again.

“Boston is tough to score on when they set up their defense,” said Jefferson, who played for the Celtics from 2004-07. “I think for the most part we still had a chance to win; that’s all you can ask for. It’s a great team on their own floor. Just missed some big shots that really could have helped us.”

The Jazz dipped below .500 after evening their record with a triple-overtime victory Monday in Toronto. However, with two games remaining on this four-game East Coast road trip, the more concerning trend is that each of those losses came away from EnergySolutions Arena. Corbin insists that the Jazz, who are 3-0 at home, are taking these losses and channeling them toward future success.

“This is a good team,” he said of the Celtics, “and this is a good lesson for us to learn how to play on the road.”

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @oramb

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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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