The first quarter was a pretty sluggish affair for both teams. Neither team could break 40% shooting, and the Jazz even went a stretch of five minutes without a point. Jae Crowder was a bright spot though. His eight points kept the Celtics within one at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter started off just as bad for Boston's offense. They missed seven straight shots and didn't score at all in the first three minutes. Luckily the Jazz couldn't muster much of an offensive effort themselves. James Young finally broke the drought by making the three pointer of the night for the Celtics.
Nobody really stood out in the quarter. Olynyk looked rusty in his return from injury and went scoreless. Bradley hurt his left arm in the first, but came back out with a sleeve over it. It didn't help his shooting, as he went 1/5 from the field. Airballs, turnovers, and a plethora of missed free throws defined the quarter.
With just seconds remaining in the half, Marcus Smart jumped into a passing lane and came up with a steal. He raced down the court and converted a three point play as time expired. The Celtics led 34-33 after one half of play.
Other than Smart's play, the only other highlight was Scalabrine and Gorman debating nicknames for Rudy Gobert. They both like "Stifle Tower", and Scal make the particularly salient point that "Gobzilla" doesn't work because Godzilla had short arms.
Overall, both teams were truly abysmal on offense in the half. Shooting percentages were in the 30s for both teams. The Jazz have a great defense, but Boston missed their fair share of open shots. Forcing turnovers kept the Celtics in the game though. The Jazz had eight compared to just one for Boston. Jae Crowder's 13 points were important as well. He nearly outscored all the Celtics starters combined.
Avery Bradley had the hot hand to start the third. He scored the Celtics' first 10 points and made some great passes inside to Zeller. Zeller couldn't turn them into points, but the opportunities were there.
Jae Crowder started the third and was matched up with Derrick Favors. Despite the size advantage, Crowder held his own inside by limiting Favors to just one point during this stretch.
After seven minutes, Isaiah Thomas became the first Celtic other than Bradley to score in the quarter. Thomas had to utilize some floaters to shoot over the towering Gobert inside. He did a nice job of adjusting his body in the air the draw fouls too. After a quiet first half, he ended up in double figures by the end of the quarter.
The Celtics took a six point lead into the fourth quarter. Points were still hard to come by for both teams. Jonas Jerebko made some great hustle plays on the offensive end to keep possessions alive.
Boston was able to maintain the lead throughout most of the quarter. Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas were the only sources of offense during crunch time. They combined to score 12 of Boston's last 14 points . Crowder even elevated to make a huge block on the Stifle Tower himself at one point.
The Jazz mounted a dangerous run the cut the lead to one point with nine seconds left. On the final Jazz possession, Gordon Hayward hit a clutch jumper to give them the lead. Down 84-83, the Celtics had just under two seconds left to get a score. Smart inbounded to Tyler Zeller for a buzzer beating layup and a win. It was an exciting end to a pretty ugly game.