Posted November 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck went onto the court right after the final buzzer sounded to pull aside the game ball for coach Brad Stevens. It took five games, but the Celtics finally helped Stevens earn his first NBA victory. ''I'm going to celebrate for a whole 12 minutes, and then I'm going to start watching Orlando and trying to figure them out,'' the first-year Celtics coach said after Boston beat the Utah Jazz, one of the league's other winless teams, 97-87 on Wednesday night. Brandon Bass scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 18 to lead Boston to its first win of the season. The game reunited Stevens, the former Butler coach, with Gordon Hayward, the Bulldogs star who took them to the 2010 NCAA championship game against Duke and just missed a shot from inside half court that would have won it. ''We exchanged greetings before the game,'' said Hayward, who had 28 points and nine rebounds. ''But being the competitors...
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