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Ingles scores 27 points, Jazz outlast Celtics

Ingles scores 27 points, Jazz outlast Celtics

The 28-year-old All-Star spent his first seven seasons with the Jazz, who took Hayward with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 National Basketball Association draft.

But once the team warm-ups and player introductions were announced ahead of Friday's Utah Jazz-Boston Celtics matchup, there was a completely different tone throughout the arena for Hayward's first time back in Utah. Now, he's 100 percent healthy and able to take the floor, meaning that Utah fans get to welcome him back for the first time since he left. Hayward scored his first bucket off a fastbreak layup off an assist from Jaylen Brown at 10:37 in the opening quarter.

To be fair to Gordon Hayward, he's still working his way into game shape after missing 81 contests in 2017-18. He broke his left ankle last season in the opener. He has made 512 3-pointers with the Jazz. He averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for Utah, but took the hostile reaction from Jazz fans in stride. "It's part of the game and I think that they were booing me from the get go so it's part of the game".

Terry Rozier scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics.

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Donovan Mitchell had 21 points while former Celtic Jae Crowder scored 20 points, and Ricky Rubio added 17 as the Jazz won consecutive games after losing four in a row.

"I think obviously Gordon's transitioning back into playing and transitioning back with us", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward. They should be back where they belong in no time, which is being one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

They held the dynamic Mitchell to just six shots until one minute remaining in the third quarter. The Celtics gave up a season-high 35 points in the third quarter. "I thought we actually did an OK job on the initial drives in isolation, but we didn't get rebounds in a lot of cases". Utah finished with 45-28 advantage on rebounds against Boston.