11-15, 6-7 away
11-14, 9-6 home

Double-doubles by Okur, Harpring pale before Boston's balance

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics won consecutive games for the

first time this season.

Now they head out for a five game trip hoping to improve on

their 2-8 road record.

"It's a step in the right direction. Hopefully it's something

we can build on," Paul Pierce said.

Pierce scored 30 points and Ricky Davis added 20 to help the

Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 101-89 on Wednesday night.

Mehmet Okur led the Jazz with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Matt

Harpring added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"It was a winnable game for us," Okur said. "We didn't

execute on the offensive end and we turned the ball over."

Delonte West, who returned to the Celtics lineup after missing a

game with a concussion scored 15 points and had five assists. Mark

Blount scored 14 and Al Jefferson 10 points. The Celtics made 37 of

their 45 free throw attempts and forced 20 Utah turnovers.

"I thought the difference in the game was that we had two

turnovers in the second half, after going for a record it felt like

in the first half," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We scored 29

points off of turnovers ourselves and that is why we won the


Gordan Giricek scored 14 points, Deron Williams 11 and Devin

Brown 10 for the Jazz who are now 1-3 on their five game road trip,

which finishes up in New York on Friday night.

"We were in the ball game," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I

thought our guys played pretty hard. We got waxed pretty hard last

night (a 110-85 lost to Cleveland), but I thought our guys played

pretty hard tonight, but that's the way it goes."

Davis scored five points during a 13-0 run midway through the

second quarter that gave the Celtics a 47-39 halftime lead.

Utah cut that lead to 60-55 with 5:59 left in the third

following two free throws by Williams, but Davis scored seven

points in the final 1:53 of the period to give Boston a 74-69.Game notes
The Celtics went 0-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc. It

was the first time since March 11, 1999 when they were 0-6 in a

99-85 loss at Atlanta that they failed to make a 3-pointer in a

game. The streak, the fourth longest in NBA history, reached 549

games... The Celtics swept the season series from the Jazz last

season and have won 8 of the last 12 games between the teams. ...

Pierce has recorded 10 double-doubles this season which puts him on

a pace to break his career-high of 19. ... The Jazz are 2-12 when

allowing 90 or more points on the road.