After beating Raptors, Celtics host Jazz

After beating Raptors, Celtics host Jazz

After beating Raptors, Celtics host Jazz

"And then we just have, for whatever reason, moments in the game that turn into extended moments in the game when we're not", said Gordon Hayward, who was held to seven points against his former club. "You catch yourself being a fan". Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins both played well in their win over the Pelicans, and I see that continuing over today. As opposed to his performance on Friday, Mitchell always kept his eyes out in order to find his teammates, especially when the defense used more of their resources to stop him. Irving scored 43 points and 11 assists and just dominated Toronto. That points and assists combination was something the 26-year-old star had never accomplished in his National Basketball Association career.

"Kyrie did a great job in the fourth quarter knocking down shots", said Kawhi Leonard, who scored 31 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds for Toronto.

While the loss of Green will be a tough pill to swallow, the Raptors are getting plenty of production from the rest of their lineup, making many believe that this may be the team to break out in the East.

Before the 2018-19 season commenced, there were two teams that many felt had the best chance to occupy the Eastern Conference throne left vacated by Cleveland.

Utah opened the fourth quarter on an 11-4 run to take its biggest lead of the game. "There was a point where we stopped competing", he said at the post-game presser.

There's no telling how a best-of-7 would go between these two evenly-matched teams.

"I think a year ago, the young guys that are in the locker room now, some of the guys that are playing, they were a little bit younger".

Sabonis added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Joseph had 12 points, five assists and three steals.

"You can't please everybody", Mitchell said. "It was a good confidence-builder".

After the Utah Jazz received a historic, 50-point pounding at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks this week, Coach Quin Snyder slammed his team for its listless performance.

"Not too often during the regular season we get to have games like this", Irving said.

The Celtics turned the ball over four times in the first 5:07 of the game and shot just 38 percent in the quarter while going 1 for 9 on 3-pointers.

Hayward, who finished a team-best plus-18, buried two clutch free throws in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Irving certainly raised his level of play and, in doing so, raised that of the Celtics as a whole.

While Simmons wound up winning the award, Mitchell and Tatum were very much in the thick of things.

Lowry went to the floor but remained in the game and made both free throws to give Toronto a 78-68 lead their first double-digit advantage of the game.

It was the first time Irving has scored at least 40 points with 10 or more assists in a game. Following this week's outright losses to the Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans as home favourites, the Raptors are now 1-2-1 against the spread over their past four games, and 7-7-1 against the spread on the season, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

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