Celtics

Final: Celtics 111, Kings 109 — Hayward hits game-winner as Celtics escape with victory

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SACRAMENTO -- Redemption was the theme on Wednesday night in Sacramento as Gordon Hayward salvaged a win for Boston with a running jumper with two seconds remaining just seconds after fouling Buddy Hield on a 3-point field goal. The shot gave the Celtics a 111-109 victory and their second straight road win on a tough four-game road trip without Kyrie Irving.

Al Horford played one of the best game of the year in the victory, flirting with a triple-double to finish with 21 points, 1 rebounds and 7 assists in just 31 minutes. With Kyrie Irving sidelined with a sore quad, the visitors also managed to share the scoring load with six different players scoring in double figures despite a sloppy nice with the ball (17 turnovers). Harrison Baynes missed a shot at the buzzer but scored a game-high 24 points for the hosts, while Tatum chipped in with 24 points for Boston, including a big bucket in the final minute.

Second Quarter Notes