CELTICS CRUISE PAST JAZZ WITH BALANCED SCORING, HOT SHOOTING
Through 54 games this season, the Utah Jazz allowed a league-low 95.7 points per game. In Game 55, the Celtics had no trouble dealing with that. Boston shot a season-best 59.2%, never trailed during the 48 minutes, and chalked up a 112-104 win. Six Celts were in double figures, led by Isaiah Thomas with 29 points. Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 31.
The Cs were on fire in the first quarter, making 14 of their 18 field goal attempts (77.8%). That included 20 points in the paint and 3-5 from three. They closed the quarter with Marcus Smart stripping the ball and pushing it up quickly for a Kelly Olynyk off-the-wrong-foot layup to beat the buzzer. IT had 11 points in the period as Boston led, 33-23.
Unlike most nights, the Cs avoided struggling in the second quarter, shooting 10-18. Gerald Green got hot with a dozen points in the frame, including a very deep three late in the shot clock. When Al Horford drained a triple from straightaway, the lead soared to 53-34. Utah made a late push, but going to halftime the Cs led comfortably, 58-44.http://thesportsdaily.com/reds-army/rec ... -shooting/