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Cary Erickson | 10 November, 2018, 21:24

Utah Jazz fans were fired up Friday night.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) chat before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. There was one fan, however, who really stole the show. "We just didn't have a presence out there, so they played freely". This troll job seemed genuine, though. He broke his left ankle in Boston's opener last season. They cut a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to just four points on four different occasions in the fourth quarter.

Utah opened the third quarter on a 17-6 run. The Celtics gave up a season-high 35 points in the third quarter.

In limited minutes, as he continues to work his way back from his injury, Hayward scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field.

Of course, Hayward was drafted by and spent the first seven years of his National Basketball Association career in Salt Lake City, only to leave the Jazz in free agency last summer and head to Boston.

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Boston would again get within four late in the fourth, but Utah always found a way to hold them off despite 22 points and six rebounds from Rozier and a 21-point, five-steal, four-assist performance from Jayson Taytum. "We were on a back-to-back so not that much time to think about it". "We've lost focus sometimes when we've hit shots".

In addition to Ingles' 27 points, he also dished out seven assists with five rebounds.

Ingles did most of his damage in a scintillating first half, scoring 20 points on an astounding 8-of-9 from the field with four made threes as he became the fourth Australian-born National Basketball Association player to score 20 points in a first half.

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. The boos rained down when Hayward picked up a rebound. "He's still on a minutes restriction".