Jazz welcome Celtics to town

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz will defend their two-game winning streak Monday night when they take on the Boston Celtics at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz finished off their recent road trip with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, then returned home to demolish the Brooklyn Nets, 108-73, on Saturday night.

Utah will host the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warrior on this residency.

Against the Nets on Saturday, Gordon Hayward scored 24 to lead the Jazz. Trey Burke added 19 points and Joe Ingles scored 16 for the Jazz, who have won three of their last five.

Dante Exum started for the Jazz and tallied 13 points and four assists. The Jazz posted 23 assists on 42 made field goals.

"Generally when you do that, good things will happen," said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. "And we played pretty good on top of that tonight."

Enes Kanter had 10 for the Jazz, who shot 53.2 percent from the field, including 13-of-29 on 3-pointers. Ingles and Burke each made four 3s. Exum finished 3-for-5 from long range.

The Celtics will play game four of a five-game road trip on Monday. They started with back-to-back wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, then fell to the juggernaut known as the Golden State Warriors.

The Celtics were competitive in defeat, losing, 114-111, at Oracle Arena on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger was the leading scorer for Boston, scoring 26 points, while Evan Turner filled the stat sheet with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the loss.

"They played great overall as a team," said Turner. "We didn't do a good job of matching their runs sometimes."

Boston trailed by 12 at the start of the fourth quarter, and the Celtics could not get within striking distance in the fourth as Golden State maintained a healthy advantage throughout the frame until late.

Turner's 3-pointer cut the deficit to seven in the final minute, but Klay Thompson answered at the other end with a wing trey. Boston followed with seven points over a 33-second span to close the gap to three, 112-109. However, Thompson sealed it at the line on a pair of free throws with 3.3 seconds left.

The Celtics finish this trek on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Boston had a six-game series winning streak snapped by the Jazz on Feb. 24 of last year. The two squads have split the previous eight encounters in Salt Lake City.