Jazz top Celtics in Gordon Hayward’s return

Rex Christensen
November 10, 2018

Gordon Hayward did not receive a warm reception from Jazz fans Friday.

Ingles was unstoppable all night, as he outduelled the Jazz's former small forward Gordon Hayward on Hayward's first return to Utah since leaving the team as a free agent in 2017 in a 123-115 Utah win. There was one fan, however, who really stole the show.

The Celtics looked poised to pull off a huge rally just as they did in Phoenix.

The Celtics (7-5) were coming off a late overtime win at Phoenix on Thursday night on the fourth stop of a five-game road trip as Hayward is still under a strict restriction in the 23-26 minute range after badly injuring his left ankle in the season opener and missing all of past year. They should be back where they belong in no time, which is being one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Celtics gave up a season-high 35 points to the Jazz in the third quarter. Ingles has 512 3-pointers with the Jazz.

The star forward spent his first seven National Basketball Association seasons with the Jazz after they drafted him ninth overall in 2010. "We were on a back-to-back so not that much time to think about it".

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In addition to Ingles' 27 points, he also dished out seven assists with five rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell added 21 points for Utah, Jae Crowder had 20, and Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

He had just four points in the first half, earning a cheer from Jazz fans when he airballed a shot from five feet with 9:12 remaining in the second quarter. He spent his first seven seasons in Utah, averaging 15.7 points per game, before he signed with Boston. Utah finished with a 45-28 advantage on the boards. "I think over the past couple of games, we've done that".

Terry Rozier scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics, who have now lost three of the four games they have played on their current five-game road trip. "I thought we actually did an OK job on the initial drives in isolation, but we didn't get rebounds in a lot of cases".

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