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Jazz 110, Celtics 98

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SALT LAKE CITY — Backup guard Alec Burks scored 21 points, center Derrick Favors returned from his injury absence to score 20 points, and the Utah Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics 110-98 Monday night.

Favors hit eight of nine shots and blocked three shots while helping the Jazz hold Boston to 44 percent shooting at EnergySolutions Arena in his first game since before the All-Star break. The Jazz center missed the previous three contests with a right hip sprain.

Forward Marvin Williams added 19 points as Utah improved to 20-36 with its first win over Boston in eight tries. No current Jazz player was on the roster the last time the team beat the Celtics, on March 22, 2010.

Forward Jeff Green and center Kelly Olynyk each scored 21 points to top Boston, and point guard Rajon Rondo, who didn’t play Saturday in Sacramento, finished with 18 points and 10 assists.

However, the Celtics ended their four-game road trip without a win, falling for the fifth consecutive time. Boston, which beat Utah 97-87 at home on Nov. 6, dropped to 19-39.

The tipoff was delayed by about 10 minutes as a camera atop one of the shot clocks was repaired, and both teams started slowly once the game began.

Boston held a 5-4 lead almost three minutes into the game when Utah seized the lead for good with a 6-0 run.

Utah went ahead 27-18 after the first quarter, playing with much more energy than it did a 121-104 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

The Jazz increased their advantage to 59-46 at halftime and eventually led by 18 points. Utah was ahead by double figures for most of the second half.

Boston looked as if it were ready to return from a long trip, which included stops (and losses) in San Antonio, Phoenix, Sacramento and Salt Lake City. The Celtics return home Wednesday to play Atlanta after not having a game at the TD Garden since Feb. 12.

Boston played without center Jared Sullinger (concussion), guard Avery Bradley (ankle) and center Vitor Faverani (knee).

Jazz guard Gordon Hayward, who played for Boston coach Brad Stevens at Butler from 2008-10, only hit four of 11 shots to finish with eight points as his slump continued. He did dish out eight assists, though.

Jazz guard Trey Burke had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists in his first matchup against Rondo. Burke was out with a broken finger when the teams met in November.

NOTES: Monday was the first time Boston coach Brad Stevens and Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk came to EnergySolutions Arena since their college teams played there during March Madness in years past. Stevens and Jazz G Gordon Hayward upset No. 1 seed Syracuse and No. 2 seed Kansas State in Utah to advance to the Final Four in Indianapolis in 2010. “When I walked in, it gave me chills,” Stevens said. Olynyk’s top-seeded Gonzaga squad didn’t have a similar experience in Utah last March. The Zags were eliminated in the second round. … Stevens and Hayward ate dinner in Salt Lake City on Sunday night to reminisce about their time together at Butler from 2008-10. “We caught up, mostly just about life, not really about basketball that much,” Hayward said. The Jazz player smiled and admitted they also talked about Stevens’ ejection in Sacramento on Saturday. “I told him if he wants to get ejected tonight that’s fine, too,” Hayward said. … Teammates filled up Jazz C Rudy Gobert’s car with popcorn after the shootaround because Gobert forgot to bring doughnuts as part of his rookie duties.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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