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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Jaylen Brown PHOTO: Kieth Allison/flickr

The Boston Celtics lost forward Gordon Hayward to a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia with just under seven minutes to play in the first quarter, before falling 102-99 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics start the season 0-1, While Cleveland begins the season 1-0.

Celtics Rally Falls Short

The Celtics trailed by as much as 18 points, 61-43, with 9:50 to play in the third quarter before going on a 28-8 run to take a 71-69 lead on a layup by Marcus Smart with seven seconds to play in the quarter.

Cleveland’s Derrick Rose would knock down a three with two seconds left in the quarter to give the Cavs a 72-71 lead going into the fourth.

The teams traded leads throughout the fourth quarter before Cleveland took the lead for good.

The Celtics led 98-97 with 1:40 to play in the game when LeBron James converted a layup to put Cleveland up 99-98 with 1:20 to go.

Cleveland would extend their lead following a turnover by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum. On the Cavs ensuing possession, Kevin Love would knock down a corner three to extend Cleveland’s lead to 102-98 with 59 seconds to play.

Boston’s Kyrie Irving made a free throw to cut the Celtics deficit to three, 102-99, however, a three by Irving in the final seconds would fall short as Cleveland would hang on for the win.

Leading the Way

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 25 points on 11 of 23 shooting from the field while Irving added 22 points.

Tatum poured in 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting in his first NBA game.

Next Up

The Celtics return to action on Wednesday, October 18 when they host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

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