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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)
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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.
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Utah coach Ty Corbin walks the sidelines as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
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Utah's Al Jefferson shoots over Boston's Chris Wilcox as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
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Utah's Al Jefferson shoots over Boston's Jason Terry as the Jazz host the Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena Monday, February 25, 2013.
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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.
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Hayward led the Jazz with 26 points in his third game back after missing 10 with a sprained right shoulder. Paul Millsap scored 16 points, while Al Jefferson notched another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Williams broke free of a dreadful stretch by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

In 32 minutes, Alec Burks was held to eight points on 4-of-10 shooting, but his left-handed basket with 19.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter tied the game at 97. The play capped a disastrous possession in which the Jazz wasted an opportunity to go two-for-one when a wayward pass nearly went out of bounds before Millsap sent it back inbounds to Gordon Hayward, who drove and found Burks.

Just like they drew it up, right?

“I’m proud of our guys,” coach Tyrone Corbin said, “they fought down the stretch.”

The Jazz led 53-48 at halftime, but were outscored 32-19 in the third quarter. By overtime, though, they had seemingly seized control of the flow of the game. They led 101-99 after a 21-foot jump shot by Carroll with 2:48 remaining.

Then Pierce took over. With Carroll in his face, he buried a 3-pointer. After Millsap missed on the other end and Pierce rebounded, he made a jumper. Then another.

Story continues below

It was 106-101 by then, and the Jazz were grappling to stay in the game.

They had the ball down three points with 13.8 seconds left after a shot-clock violation by the Celtics, but the Jazz failed to get a good shot and settled for free throws when Millsap was fouled. After two free throws by Courtney Lee, the Jazz had a final shot with 1.2 seconds left.

Randy Foye, who was inserted for the final two possessions, was within two 3-pointers of the team-record 129 in a season. Jefferson set a screen that freed Foye from Lee, but when Foye received the ball, he was off-balance and shot a harmless 26-footer that missed everything.

“He caught it, turned and shot it right at the rim,” Corbin said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t go in.”

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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

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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.

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