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Jae Crow­der fi­nally slammed the door on the come­back with a cor­ner 3 that gave Utah a 117-109 lead with 47.7 sec­onds left.

Utah coach Quin Sny­der thought his team turned a cor­ner by hang­ing tough down the stretch against the Celtics.

“Our team has not been able to han­dle suc­cesses dur­ing games at times,” Sny­der said. “We’ve lost fo­cus some­times when we’ve hit shots. Teams are go­ing to come back on you, but you can’t make it easy on them.”

Dono­van Mitchell scored 21 points for Utah. Crow­der had 20, and Gobert fin­ished with 17 points and 15 re­bounds. The Jazz won their sec­ond straight home game and sec­ond in a row over­all.

“We all have picked it up, picked up our en­ergy de­fen­sively, picked our fo­cus up,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been hav­ing great prac­tices, but we just didn’t put it into the games. I think over the past cou­ple of games, we’ve done that.”

Terry Rozier scored a sea­son-high 22 points, mak­ing his first start in place of Irv­ing, and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics.

Bos­ton lost for the third time in four games after al­low­ing Utah to shoot a sea­son-high 56 per­cent from the field.

“As good as we were de­fen­sively in the first nine games, I don’t think we’ve been as good the last three,” coach Brad Stevens said. “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. Our pick-and-roll de­fense, we just have to re­ally shore it up.”

AP photo

Gor­don Hay­ward of the Celtics shoots as Joe In­gles of the Jazz de­fends Fri­day.

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