Injuries forced the Utah Jazz to go small on Friday night and that ended up as a blessing in disguise for the visitors. The Jazz scored 61 points in the second half without their starting frontcourt, which helped them pull away from the Celtics with an impressive 107-95 victory.
Gordon Hayward watched from behind the Celtics bench as his former teammates put together their best 3-point shooting night of the season, going 50 percent from the field (12-of-24) as they relied on smallball without Rudy Gobert (knee) and Derrick Favors (eye) available after the second quarter.
Ricky Rubio was on fire with a season-high 22 points for the point, leading a balanced Jazz offensive effort with five players in double figures. The hosts got a game-high 33 points from Kyrie Irving and 21 points from Al Horford but no other player crossed the double-digit point mark as the offense labored (40.7 percent shooting) for much of the final three quarters.