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BSJ Game Report: Cavs 102, Celtics 99

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CLEVELAND -- Everything you need to know about the Cavs' 102-99 win over the Celtics in quickie form

HEADLINES

Gordon Hayward suffers serious leg injury: Opening night immediately became a secondary topic during the first quarter when Gordon Hayward went down with a horrific left leg injury. The small forward was carried off the floor on a stretcher and the team announced his injury as a fractured left ankle. Brad Stevens gave a more informed diagnosis after the game of a dislocated left ankle and fractured left tibia. He was taken to New England Baptist Hospital on Tuesday night.

Jaylen Brown has a career night but comes up short late: The small forward raised his game in Hayward's absence, scoring a career-high 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting in a team-high 40 minutes. He was a constant force in transition and one of the main catalysts of an 18-point second-half rally by the Celtics. His offensive breakout ran out of steam late though, as Brown missed a pair of crucial 3-point attempts in the final couple minutes, including a potential game-tying look with six seconds remaining.

TURNING POINT

The Celtics led by three points with just under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Cavs responded with a 7-0 in the next 60 seconds, largely thanks to the stellar play of LeBron James. He drove his way to a go-ahead layup with 1:19 remaining and then set up Kevin Love for a wide-open corner 3 with 50 seconds left on the clock to push the Cavs lead to four with 50 seconds remaining. The Celtics couldn't close the gap after that.