The Utah Jazz entered against the Boston Celtics as the leagues third-worst scoring offense, netting only 94.6 points-per-game. Yet on Monday night at Energy Solutions Arena, it seemed as though every shot they took seemed to fall.
The Jazz shot 55 percent from the field, had six players score in double-digits, and beat the C’s by the final score of 110-98.
The Celtics are now 0-13 on the road against Western Conference teams.
Alec Burks led the Jazz with 21 points of the bench, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor. Derick Favors had 20 points and Marvin Williams had 19 in the winning effort.
Gordan Hayward had eight points and 10 assists against Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, who coached Hayward at Butler.
Jeff Green and Kelly Olynyk each had 21 points to lead the C’s, while Rondo had 18 points and 10 assists.
The Jazz outscored Boston 27-18 through the first 12 minutes and never looked back.
Boston went on an 8-0 run midway through the fourth to bring things into reach. Jerryd Bayless capped off the run by making a 3-point jumper with 7:26 left, cutting the lead to 93-83.
Utah then called a timeout, and Trey Burke knocked down a three on the ensuing possession to bring the lead back to 13 points.
The Celtics would cut it to nine when Rondo knocked down a floater with 2:50 left, but that was the closest they would come. Utah closed the game on a 5-2 run.