SALT LAKE CITY -- Going into Monday's game with the Celtics, Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward was averaging 20 points in his first two games back from a shoulder sprain.
After missing 10 games with an injured right shoulder, the third-year Jazzman played 24 minutes in a home victory over Golden State and 33 minutes in a road loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
He came off the bench and played 36 minutes Monday's 110-107 overtime loss to Boston.
Hayward led the Jazz with 26 points, including 11 in the overtime period.
Before Monday's game, the 22-year-old said he wasn't surprised by how quickly he was able to return to form after getting back on the court.
"I'm not really surprised, that's why I did all the (rehab) work while I wasn't playing," he said. "(I wanted) to make sure I didn't have any period of time where I was rusty or whatever. Credit to the training staff and coach (Jeff Hornacek) and the rest of the coaches."
Hayward said he felt winded in his return, especially while playing almost 34 minutes on Saturday.
He said did a lot of cardio work while sitting out those 10 games, first on an exercise bike and later on a treadmill.
He also progressed to doing what he called "conditioning-type shooting drills" with Hornacek as well as doing full-court layup drills.
Jazz 107 (OT)
* BEST PLAY: DeMarre Carroll gets an outlet pass from Alec Burks then quickly lobs a pass to the rim when Hayward rises and fires down a dunk, giving the Jazz a 44-36 lead at the 5:54 mark of the second quarter.
* BEST LINE: In 39 minutes of work, Boston's 35-year-old Paul Pierce scored 26 points -- seven in the overtime period. He also added seven rebounds and eight assists.
* KEY STAT: The Jazz were outscored 32-19 in the third quarter. They shot 31 percent while the Celtics shot 59.
* SIDELINE MOMENT: During a timeout with 3:59 left before halftime, Jazzman Randy Foye waits for the action to resume while practicing his jump-shooting form. When the game starts again, he misses his next three 3-point attempts. So much for practice.
* HISTORY LESSON: Monday marked the 36th anniversary of the night Jazz legend "Pistol" Pete Maravich scored a career-best 68 points as New Orleans beat the New York Knicks 124-107.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz continue to play without point guard Mo Williams (right thumb) who missed his 29th consecutive game. ... Boston went without point guard Rajon Rondo (right knee) who is out for the season as is rookie forward Jared Sullinger (back).
* ETC.: Monday was only the Celtics' second road win of the season vs. a Western Conference opponent this season. ... Monday was Utah's third overtime game of the season, giving the Jazz a record of 2-1 in those contests. They beat the Raptors and Pacers previously. ... With Earl Watson's start at point guard, the Jazz now have used 11 different starters this season. ... Marvin Williams had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting at halftime. ... Paul Millsap scored 12 points, going 6-for-6 from the field.
* UP NEXT: Monday was the first of three straight home games for the Jazz. They'll play host to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday and Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.