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.”
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