BOSTON Mike Conley made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Jordan Clarkson added 17and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 99-94 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Tatum’s free throw after a technical foul on Mitchell pulled Boston to 66-61, but Royce O’Neale answered with a 3-pointer – the first of the second half for the Jazz – and Utah quickly pushed the lead back up to double-figures, taking a 79-66 lead into the final period.
A three-point play by Brad Wanamaker pulled Boston within 87-78 with 6:54 remaining, but Boston never threatened and a 3-pointer by Smart just before the final buzzer made the outcome seem closer than it was.
The Celtics led by as much as 11 in the first quarter, making 12 of their first 23 shots, but still couldn’t keep up as Utah surged late in the period and continued with Utah.
“I think really Boston came out hot and it would’ve been easy to look around, say ‘what’s going on?’ – and we just dug in,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.