Earlier in the day the word came down that the Celtics would be without sixth-man standout Marcus Morris, after he re-aggravated his sprained right ankle on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns.
So considering that the Celtics thrust a dude named Guerschon Yabusele into the starting lineup in the fourth game of a West-cost swing against a desperate, healthy Jazz team fighting for the last playoff spot in the West, even the saltiest of Boston fans could forgive a loss on Wednesday. The Jazz then used a 15-0 run to seize a 69-58 lead.
They'd start off the second with an 8-0 run to tie things up at 28 just four minutes in. The Celtics surged in front behind a 16-2 run, taking a 46-34 lead late in the quarter.
Utah rallied during the third quarter in part because of strong defensive play.
The Utah Jazz led by six points with 2:12 remaining in the game looked to be on their way to victory, but they forgot they were playing the cardiac C's.
The Jazz would out-score the Celtics 32-19 in the third. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Rozier and Shane Larkin helped trim the deficit to 85-84.
That's Jaylen Brown hitting the effective game-winner.
With the win, the C's are now an Eastern Conference best 28-10 on the road this season. Aron Baynes posted 13 points, six rebounds. "Rubio did a great job at the point of attack defensively". Rudy Gobert contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell netted a game-high 22 points for the Jazz.
The Celtics shot 44.3 percent from the field and 57 percent from three (12-21 3PT), with the Jazz shooting 41.5 percent from the field and a lousy 27.3 percent from three (9-33 3PT).
But Hawyard went down in the first five minutes of the season, and it turned out Irving's left knee was a bigger problem than expected, leaving the Celtics without their top players with the playoffs approaching.