Pierce lifts road-weary Celtics over Jazz in OT

2013-02-26 09:22:13 GMT2013-02-26 17:22:13(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The Boston Celtics weren't too tired after playing five games in seven days back and forth across time zones.

They had enough left to play overtime to close out a long Western road trip, beating the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday night.

Thirty-five-year-old Paul Pierce led Boston with 26 points, including seven straight in the extra session.

''It was huge,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ''Whatever that was, it was the best win of the year for me. . To go into overtime and still have enough to win.''

It wasn't just the ageless Pierce. Kevin Garnett, three months shy of his 37th birthday, stood strong at the end, refusing to let Rivers sub him out by insisting, ''I am good.''

Rivers didn't believe that, ''but I kept him in and he was terrific.''

Garnett had four points in overtime on 2-of-2 shooting, with three rebounds. He finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a blocked shot and steal.

The Celtics also got a big game from Avery Bradley, who scored a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

(Agencies)

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