SALT LAKE CITY — Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven consecutive in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz, 110-107, on Monday night to close out a five-game road trip.
Pierce had a chance to win it in regulation, but his 19-footer at the buzzer rimmed out.
Alec Burks’ reverse layup pulled Utah to 108-105 with 37 seconds left in overtime. Kevin Garnett’s banked 3-pointer with 13 seconds left came after the shot clock expired, giving the Jazz another chance.
Paul Millsap was fouled before he could get off a 3, but made two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining.
Courtney Lee added two free throws at the other end with 1.2 seconds left to bump Boston’s lead back to three, and Randy Foye’s 26-footer at the buzzer missed everything.
Former Bellarmine Prep star Avery Bradley added a season-high 18 points for Boston.
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 26 points, Millsap had 16 and Al Jefferson finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics (30-27) were playing their fifth game in seven days.
The Jazz (31-25) led 101-99 in overtime on DeMarre Carroll’s 21-footer, but Pierce countered with a 3-pointer, then followed with a pull-up jumper over Carroll and a 15-footer to give the Celtics a 106-101 edge with 1:12 left.
Jefferson hit a 15-footer with to get Utah within 106-103, but Garnett’s jumper over Jefferson helped seal it.
The Celtics also were smart down the stretch, finding a wide-open Lee when the Jazz needed a late steal in overtime.
The Jazz trailed by eight entering the fourth but opened on a 13-2 run.
Jefferson’s 10-foot turnaround jumper over Brandon Bass tied it at 93 with 2:46 left in regulation.
Pierce hit an 18-footer for a 97-95 Boston lead with 36 seconds remaining in regulation, only to see Burks tie it with a tough layup with 19 seconds left.