SALT LAKE CITY — Ray Allen scored 25 points and Paul Pierce added 21, including a late 3-pointer and pair of free throws, to help the Boston Celtics hold on for a 107-102 victory Monday night over the Utah Jazz.
The loss spoiled the home debut of new Jazz players Devin Harris and Derrick Favors, who were acquired last week in the trade that sent for All-Star Deron Williams to New Jersey.
Al Jefferson had 28 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for Utah, which has dropped six straight at home — the team’s worst home skid since 1982.
Allen hit a 23-footer for a 103-99 Celtics lead with 42.3 seconds left. Jefferson had a chance to cut it to one point but couldn’t convert a three-point play.
Rondo then hit a 15-foot jumper to seal the win for Boston.