Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 118, Wolves 109 — Hayward (30 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) puts on a show

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ beating the Wolves 118-109 in BSJ Quickie Form

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Hayward plays his best game as a Celtic: After showing off some increased signs of aggression on Friday night following a pep talk from Kyrie Irving at practice this week, Gordon Hayward took things to the next level on Saturday night. He posted his best night as a Celtic in nearly every statistical category including points (30), rebounds (9), assists (8), field goals made (8), 3-point shots made (4) and free throws made (10). The former All-Star saved his best work down the stretch as he scored 11 of Boston’s final 15 points over the final four minutes to hold off a late charge by the Wolves and give the Celtics the tough win on the road on the tail end of a back-to-back. With the performance, Hayward became the first player in nearly 25 years to post 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a NBA game while coming off the bench. After a such a rough year, the breakthrough earned him a Gatorade bath from his teammates.