Jazz Assure 20th Straight Year
With two simple jump shots, Matt Harpring erased Boston's chances of an upset and erased the Celtics' place in the record book.
Harpring connected twice in the game's final minute, on a wide-open 20-foot jumper and a simple 12-foot curl, helping the Jazz collect their fourth straight victory, 96-91 over Boston. In doing so, 41-29 Utah is assured no worse than a break-even record for the 20th consecutive season, breaking the Celtics' record of 19 straight.
"It's a tribute to consistency," said owner Larry Miller, referring to John Stockton, Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan, who have been together for 18 of those years. But on Monday, a couple of newcomers -- Harpring, who connected on 11 of 17 shots for a game-high 24 points, and Calbert Cheaney, who scored 12 and limited the Celtics' No. 1 weapon, guard Paul Pierce, to one second-half basket -- did much of the work.