Enes Kanter smiled and pointed at the man one locker over.

"Welcome back," he said.

After missing three straight games — and seven of the Jazz’s previous 13 — with a lingering hip injury, Derrick Favors was back in the starting lineup Monday and showing with his play why the Jazz are winless (0-9) on the year when he’s out.

Favors scored 20 points, pulled down four rebounds and blocked three shots to help the Jazz snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics 110-98 at EnergySolutions Arena.

"I was rusty, man, to tell you the truth," Favors said after the win. "But it just felt good to be back out there."

If Favors felt rust, it hardly showed as he opened the game with a couple 16-foot jump shots and a putback slam. On a night when the Jazz shot 55 percent from the floor, Favors hit on seven of his eight attempts.

Perhaps more importantly was the team’s defensive energy, something it sorely lacked in Saturday night’s 121-104 loss to the Timberwolves. The Jazz held the Celtics to under 100 points, kept them to 44 percent shooting (and 26.7 percent from 3) and blocked eight shots.