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Published: Thu, January 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Celtics finish strong against Utah Jazz for 115-104 win

Celtics finish strong against Utah Jazz for 115-104 win

I think their staff has really done a great job with him and I think he's continued to work and progress. The Jazz were outscored by 21 with Hayward on the floor - more than any other Utah player - while the Celtics outscored Utah by 22 when Crowder was in the game.

The Jazz's Joe Johnson, a former Celtics, said the problems posed by Thomas aren't in proportion with his relatively diminutive 5-foot-9-inch (1.75m) frame. "I thought we competed, but we just need to be more connected, specifically in transition".

Isaiah Thomas scored 52 points last Friday night without recording a single assist.

The 29-point effort from Thomas in the final period not only set a franchise record for fourth-quarter scoring, but is the second most in league history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain, as he scored 31 during his historic 100-point outing against the Knicks.

The connection between Hayward and Celtics coach Brad Stevens is real. In comparison, it required 14 shot attempts for Hayward to muster 23 points, as he shot 3-7 from deep and 7-14 overall while turning the ball over on three occasions.

Celtics finish strong against Utah Jazz for 115-104 win
Celtics finish strong against Utah Jazz for 115-104 win

The Jazz were without second-leading scorer George Hill, who was out with concussion-like symptoms, and could not overcome a 17-point deficit the Celtics built in the second half. That was as close as it got and the Jazz were forced to foul late, sending Thomas to the line four times. He shot tremendously from three-point range, hitting five of his six treys en route to a 6-8 shooting performance for 21 points and three rebounds.

"He did it in all kinds of ways", Snyder said.

"A great player, man, and he's getting better and more confident", Brown said. "He was finding people everywhere".

Celtics: Boston again tied its season high for 3s. Crowder also bettered Hayward significantly in the plus-minus department.

Jazz: Visit Toronto on Thursday in the third of a five-game road trip.

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