Celtics fall to Jazz in Hay­ward’s re­turn

Bos­ton guard had left Utah as free agent af­ter the 2016-17 sea­son

Albany Times Union - - SPORTS -

Joe In­gles matched his ca­reer high with 27 points and added a sea­son-high seven as­sists to help the Utah Jazz beat the Bos­ton Celtics 123-115 on Fri­day night in Gordon Hay­ward’s re­turn to Utah.

Hay­ward had 13 points and seven as­sists in his first game back in Utah since leav­ing the Jazz in free agency af­ter the 2016-17 sea­son. He broke his left an­kle last sea­son in the opener.

Dono­van Mitchell added 21 points for Utah, Jae Crow­der had 20, and Rudy Gobert fin­ished with 17 points and 15 re­bounds. The Jazz won their sec­ond straight home game and sec­ond straight over­all.

Nets 112, Nuggets 110 (ot): Caris Levert hit a floater in the lane with 0.3 sec­onds left and Brook­lyn scored the last six points to beat Den­ver. The Nets over­came a big bounce-back night from Den­ver’s Nikola Jo­kic to win their third straight. In an of­fen­sive funk for the past four games, Jo­kic had a sea­son-high 37 points and tied his ca­reer best with 21 re­bounds.

76ers 133, hor­nets 132 (ot): Joel Em­biid scored 16 of his 42 points in the fourth quar­ter to help Philadel­phia beat Char­lotte in over­time. The Hor­nets fought back from a 21-point deficit and led by five with 1:18 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion be­fore the Six­ers forced ex­tra time. Magic 117, Wizards 108: Nikola Vuce­vic had 21 points and 14 re­bounds and D.J. Au­gustin came up with big plays in the fi­nal two min­utes for Or­lando. pis­tons 124, hawks 109: An­dre Drum­mond had 23 points and 11 re­bounds, Stan­ley John­son added a sea­son-high 22 points and Detroit beat At­lanta. Hawks’ guard Kevin Huerter re­turned to the team af­ter miss­ing Wed­nes­day’s loss to New York for per­sonal rea­sons and had two points in 29 min­utes. pac­ers 110, heat 102: Vic­tor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 as­sists and Bo­jan Bog­danovic put In­di­ana ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with just less than a minute re­main­ing.

Notes: Start­ing for­ward Cedi Os­man twill miss Satur­day’s game at Chicago with back spasms that forced him to leave Wed­nes­day’s loss to Or­lando . ... Stephen Curry has a mild to mod­er­ate left groin strain and will miss Golden State’s home game against Brook­lyn on Satur­day night. Curry un­der­went an MRI exam but the War­riors will wait a few days to fully de­ter­mine the sever­ity of the in­jury.

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