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Rough first half has Utah Jazz trailing to Boston Celtics, 46-35

Published: Wednesday, March 28 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) drives between Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma, left, and forward Brandon Bass, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola, AP) Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) drives between Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma, left, and forward Brandon Bass, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola, AP)

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.

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, left, spins to the basket against the defense of Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola, AP) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, left, spins to the basket against the defense of Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola, AP)

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.

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