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Mo Williams blames self for Jazz’s 98-93 loss to Celtics

11/15/12 in NBA   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

At the 11 minute mark in the fourth quarter, the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz were still in a toe-to-toe competition to build a small lead. And for a while back the Boston Celtics were able to build a six point lead with 7:09 remaining in the game, but the Utah Jazz (4-5) fought back hard. Al Jefferson set the tone with an 18-footer jumper that tied the score at 93 with under 2 minutes remaining, but that was all the action the Utah Jazz saw in the final minutes of the game.
 
The Utah Jazz had the opportunity of five crucial shots to wrap the game in their favor, but instead the offense went cold in the final minute. Utah Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin was seemingly “proud of the way our guys fought,” the disappointment of a close loss. However guard Mo Williams was beating himself up over his missed shots that could have become a signature win for the Utah Jazz, with four players scoring in double digits.
 
"I just wish I could have closed it out for us,” Mo Williams said thinking back to a missed layup on the 22 seconds mark and a miss-fired 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining. "But, I’ll take and make that shot — or miss it — time and time again, if I’m in the position.”
 
“I’ll shoot it with confidence,” added Mo Williams. “I have a lot of confidence in my ability."
Later Wednesday night, Mo Williams took accountability on Twitter for a “couple of bad decisions” that resulted in a 98-93 loss against the veteran Boston Celtics. Mo Williams held the ball with 32 seconds remaining but instead of playing for a 2-for-1 situation, he decided to go in for a layup, ultimately missing the basket.
 
"Playing back the first shot with my head…I don’t know. I think … I don’t know. It felt like I was moving too fast for some reason,” said Mo Williams. “The play we drew up kind of broke down."
 
Paul Millsap led the Utah Jazz with 20 points and 12 rebounds, fresh off his 24-point game against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Al Jefferson, who contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds in the game, stated that the Boston Celtics’ defensive efficiency was a big hurdle to overcome in the final moments, and although the Utah Jazz “proved that we can fight” their rivals still knew the art to “how to seal the game.”
"Boston is tough to score on when they set up their defense," said Al Jefferson, a former Boston Celtics player. “"I think for the most part we still had a chance to win; that’s all you can ask for… (We) missed some big shots that really could have helped us."
 
The Boston Celtics (5-3) were also offensively more aggressive towards the end, with Kevin Garnett scoring seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, which included four points just in the last 1:08 minute.
Paul Pierce, who led the Boston Celtics in scoring with 23 points, had a couple of key free throws with 19.5 seconds left that turned the final moments into a one-sided game. Even the Boston Celtics reserve made significant contributions with Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa each scoring 16 points in the game.
 
The Utah Jazz face  the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday for their next road game.
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