Utah (11-14) at Boston (10-14)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Dec 21, 2005
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Still looking for their first winning streak, the Boston Celtics hope to put a stop to their season-long inconsistency when they host the Utah Jazz.

Boston is hoping the 10th time is a charm after failing to post victories following their first nine wins of the season.

The Celtics had lost two straight before beating Golden State 109-98 on Monday behind 21 points and seven assists from Ricky Davis. Paul Pierce added 19 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which was coming off its worst loss of the season, a 118-96 setback at Chicago on Saturday.

“(It’s) big,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “We needed the win because I look at the whole picture. We still have a lot of work to do, but it was nice that we just played better. We played solid basketball.”

A win over the Jazz would give the Celtics their first back-to-back wins since a four-game run from May 12-17.

Utah managed just 30 points over the second and third quarters combined during Tuesday’s 110-85 loss at Cleveland. Gordan Giricek scored 16 points to lead the Jazz, who were without forward Andrei Kirilenko due to back spasms.

Utah is coming off a poor effort at Cleveland on Tuesday night, 110-85, scoring just a total of just 30 points in the second and third quarter combined. Kirilenko, who played in just 41 games last season because of injuries, could be back for Wednesday’s game in Boston.

Utah coach Jerry Sloan was embarrassed by Tuesday’s effort regardless of Kirilenko’s absence.

“They could have beaten us by 100 points,” Sloan said. “That was one of the worst outings in the league that I’ve seen. We just gave them layups. We played selfishly at both ends. I’m upset with a lot of players.”

The Jazz are 1-2 on a five-game road trip.

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