Celtics fall to the Jazz
The Boston Celtics lead in the Atlantic Division was cut to three games over the Toronto Raptors as they lost to the Utah Jazz at the TD Garden.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 33 points and Al Horford added 21, but they were the only Boston players in double figures in the 107-95 defeat.
Stone cold shooting was the issue for the Celtics as they hit 40.7 per-cent from the floor and just 29 per-cent from long range in losing their third game on their home court this season.
Saturday Boston is on the road as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. It's then on to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and a match up with the Indiana Pacers to conclude the brief two-game swing.
Meanwhile the Raptors were winning their eighth in the last 10 with a rout of the Brooklyn Nets.
The visitors to the Air Canada Centre were down by ten at the end of the first, 14 at the half and 27 at the end of the third as Toronto rolled to a 120-87 hammering of the injury ravaged Brooklyn side.
DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 31 points and the 28-year old former USC star is now averaging 26 points per game in the month of December.
Kyle Lowry chipped in with 12 assists, ten points and ten rebounds to record the triple-double and Toronto will now welcome in the Sacramento Kings on Sunday before heading to Charlotte next week.
Boston are 3.50 to win the Eastern Conference and 1000.00 for NBA Finals glory.
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