BOSTON — The Utah Jazz are going to have to do some serious work in the second half to end this road trip on a positive note.
A horrific second quarter — in which the Jazz only scored two touchdowns' worth of points — has Utah trailing the Boston Celtics 46-35 at the midway point at TD Garden.
Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass each have 11 points for the Celtics, who are playing without sharpshooter Ray Allen.
Gordon Hayward has nine points for Utah, but the Jazz are shooting a dismal 37.8 percent from the field.
Utah actually led 21-18 after the first quarter, but the Celtics turned things around with a big defensive effort and outscored the visitors 28-14 in the second period.
Former Celtic Al Jefferson has struggled, in particular, for the Jazz. Big Al missed his first seven shots and only has two points.
This game concludes a three-game road trip for Utah, which lost a quadruple-overtime heartbreaker in Atlanta on Sunday and bounced back to beat a bad New Jersey team on Monday night.
Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings visit EnergySolutions Arena on Friday night before the Jazz hit the road again for another two-game trip against the Clippers and Blazers.