12/15 21:27 CST Gorbert, Favors hurt in Jazz's 107-95 win over Celtics
Gorbert, Favors hurt in Jazz's 107-95 win over Celtics
By KYLE HIGHTOWER
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) --- Ricky Rubio had 22 points, Donovan Mitchell added 17 points,
nine assists and five rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics
107-95 on Friday night.
Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Hood also finished with 17 points for the Jazz, who
snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Utah's first victory in Boston since
2008, a span of nine games.
But the win came at a cost.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert left the game early in the first quarter with a left
knee injury after teammate Derrick Favors fell backward into his leg. Gobert
was able to walk off the court on his own power, but went straight to the
locker room and did not return.
The second quarter brought more injuries. First, Boston's Daniel Theis left
with a facial injury. Later, Jaylen Brown of the Celtics caught Favors with an
incidental elbow, leaving him bleeding from his left eye and Brown from his
elbow. Favors received six stitches and did not return.
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 33 points. Al Horford added 21 points and
Friday was the first meeting between the teams since Gordon Hayward left Utah
in free agency last summer to join the Celtics. But Hayward could only watch as
he continues to rehab from the broken left ankle he suffered in Boston's season
Joe Johnson returned to game action for the first time since Oct. 30. He missed
21 straight games while dealing with a right wrist injury.
The Jazz held a 46-39 lead at the half. They were led by Rubio and Hood, who
scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, and shot a combined 10 for 13 from the
The Jazz led by as many as 10 in the half and outscored the Celtics 25-13 in
the second quarter.
The Celtics struggled from the field in the second quarter, shooting a combined
4 for 21.
Jazz: G Raul Neto sat out his second straight game with a concussion.
Celtics: It was Irving's ninth game this season with 30 or more points. ...
Started the second quarter 0 for 14 from the field.
Hayward is open to playing this season, but said it will depend on how fast he
is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left
Hayward was a spectator at TD Garden for Friday's matchup with Jazz, the team
he left this past summer in free agency after seven seasons to sign a
four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics.
"My mind is open to that," Hayward said of the possibility of returning to game
action before season's end. "I'm trying to get back as fast as I can. It all
depends on how I heal, and taking it day-by-day, goal by goal. We'll see what
Wednesday marked a milestone in Hayward's recovery process, when he was able to
shed the walking boot he's been using since his surgery in October. He will
continue to wear a protective brace during the rehab process.
NO HARD FEELINGS
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said no one feels any animosity over Hayward's decision
to leave Utah.
"I think everybody understands the decision that he made," Snyder said. "So to
see him get hurt, it was hard. I felt horrible for him. I think most of the
guys on our team reached out. I know I did. I think he was appreciative of
that. At this point we wish him well in his rehab. We hope that he's back soon."
Marcus Morris (knee soreness) sat out his fourth straight game and won't travel
for the upcoming two-game trip. Morris has played in just 16 games this season
while dealing with the injury and recently sought a second opinion on it.
"He's had a little bit of a setback here, but it doesn't sound like it's going
to be a long-term thing," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
Jazz: Continue six-game trip Saturday at Cleveland.
Celtics: Begin two-game trip Friday at Memphis.
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