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  • Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) drives for the basket between Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, left, and Aron Baynes during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio (3) goes up to shoot against Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Utah Jazz's Jonas Jerebko battles Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes (46) and Al Horford (42) for a rebound during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, left, passes off in front of Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer



Associated Press
Friday, December 15, 2017

BOSTON — Ricky Rubio had 22 points, Donovan Mitchell added 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.

Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Hood also finished with 17 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Utah’s first victory in Boston since 2008, a span of nine games.

But the win came at a cost.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert left the game early in the first quarter with a left knee injury after teammate Derrick Favors fell backward into his leg. Gobert was able to walk off the court on his own power, but went straight to the locker room and did not return.

The second quarter brought more injuries. First, Boston’s Daniel Theis left with a facial injury. Later, Jaylen Brown of the Celtics caught Favors with an incidental elbow, leaving him bleeding from his left eye and Brown from his elbow. Favors received six stitches and did not return.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 33 points. Al Horford added 21 points and seven assists.

Friday was the first meeting between the teams since Gordon Hayward left Utah in free agency last summer to join the Celtics. But Hayward could only watch as he continues to rehab from the broken left ankle he suffered in Boston’s season opener.

Joe Johnson returned to game action for the first time since Oct. 30. He missed 21 straight games while dealing with a right wrist injury.

The Jazz held a 46-39 lead at the half. They were led by Rubio and Hood, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, and shot a combined 10 for 13 from the field.

The Jazz led by as many as 10 in the half and outscored the Celtics 25-13 in the second quarter.

The Celtics struggled from the field in the second quarter, shooting a combined 4 for 21.

TIP-INS

Jazz: G Raul Neto sat out his second straight game with a concussion.

Celtics: It was Irving’s ninth game this season with 30 or more points. ... Started the second quarter 0 for 14 from the field.