Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz: Comeback stalls as Pierce beats Jazz in overtime
Utah Jazz's Earl Watson (11) and Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) chase after a loose ball in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) guards Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah's Earl Watson drives around Boston's Avery Bradley as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Boston's Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett protest a foul called on Garnett as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah's Earl Watson drives to the basket past Boston's Courtney Lee as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah coach Ty Corbin walks the sidelines as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah's Al Jefferson shoots over Boston's Chris Wilcox as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah's Al Jefferson shoots over Boston's Jason Terry as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Boston's Chris Wilcox blocks a shot by Utah's Al Jefferson as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward, right, and Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) chase a loose ball in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers shouts to his team in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) runs upcourt after scoring against the Boston Celtics in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) and Paul Pierce, right, defend against Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz's DeMarre Carroll (3) and Enes Kanter (0) defend in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett sits on the bench in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) shoots as Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Celtics defeated the Jazz 110-107. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Boston Celtics' head coach Doc Rivers shouts to an official in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Celtics defeated the Jazz 110-107. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) is fouled by Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) with 4.2 seconds left on the clock, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) watches as his shot falls short, as the buzzer sounds, giving the Celtics a 110-107 overtime win, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) is fouled by Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) with 4.2 seconds left on the clock, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is fouledBoston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34),smiles after being called for a foul, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Boston Celtics shooting guard Jason Terry (4), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) tries to do something with the ball, as Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) grabs and arm, and Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44) gives him an elbow,  in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Utah Jazz's DeMarre Carroll (3) chase a loose ball in the second half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Celtics defeated the Jazz 110-107. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz wait to take the floor during a  time out as they trail Boston in overtime, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call to referee referee John Goble (30), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013. The officials reversed the call, and gave the ball back to the Celtics.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34), protests a call by the official, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013. The officials reversed the call, and gave the ball back to the Celtics.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34), protests a call by the official, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013. The officials reversed the call, and gave the ball back to the Celtics.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) gets past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) to tie the game 97-97, with 19 seconds left in regulation,  in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) shoots as Utah Jazz's DeMarre Carroll (3) defends in overtime during an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  Celtics defeated the Jazz 110-107. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) blocks the shot of Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Celtics' defeated the Jazz 110-107 in overtime.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is fouledBoston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena,  Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) goes in for a shot, as Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) tries to stop Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) from scoring, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) tries to get off a shot as he gets a hand to his stomach courtesy of  Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) defends as Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) takes a shot,in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) celebrates after hitting a big 3-point-shot, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) stumbles as he tries to get pas Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) tries to get pas Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20)defends as Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) takes a shot, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) tries to get pas Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin protests a call by the official, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) goes in for a shot, as Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) defends, in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) knocks the ball form the hands of Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) stumbles as he tries to get pas Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44), in NBA action at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 25, 2013.

Politics and social media gave us “Eastwooding,” and a blend of Christianity, kinesiology and idolatry gave us “Tebowing.” But somehow in this era of “-ing,” the great, big, spinning world whiffed on this one.

Piercing.

As in stabbing. Sharp, acute and deep. As in Boston’s Paul Pierce fighting through and shooting over DeMarre Carroll’s undaunted defense in overtime.

Through the heart.

Carroll locked Pierce down at the end of regulation, forcing an awkward, ineffectual jumper at the buzzer. But Pierce exacted his revenge in the extra period, scoring seven of his game-high 26 points as the Celtics beat the Jazz 110-107.

“Paul Pierce has been doing that to guys for years,” Jazz veteran Marvin Williams said. “That’s why he’s so great.”

Story continues below

Said Al Jefferson: “That’s why they call him ‘The Truth.’ ”

The Jazz played their first of eight straight games against the Eastern Conference, with two home games remaining against Atlanta and Charlotte before embarking on their final four-game road trip of the season. Of 29 games away from EnergySolutions Arena, the Jazz have won 10.

“These next two home games are very crucial before we go on the road,” Carroll said. “That’s a loss, we shake it off. It should hurt till midnight.”

The Jazz are a veteran bunch, so it’s rare to see and enjoy the dynamic that unfolded Monday in front of a sellout crowd at EnergySolutions Arena.

With the Celtics fighting with their tandem of Hall of Famers — Pierce and Kevin Garnett — the Jazz countered with their rambunctious, devil-may-care bunch of up-and-comers: Carroll, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. That group started the fourth quarter with the Jazz down 80-72 and immediately went on a 13-2 run.

“That’s the beauty of our game,” Carroll said. “We’re young, we can run, we don’t like to slow it down.”

Next Page »
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, click the red "Flag" link below it. See more about comments here.

Celtics point guard controls the game late to stop Utah’s rally attempt in overtime.

At a glance

Storylines Jazz can’t stop Celtics in OT

Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz with 26 points in 36 minutes.

» Boston outscores the Jazz 32-19 in a crucial third period.

» The Jazz play two more games at home before hitting the road for four games against the Eastern Conference.


 
Jobs
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.