Celtics

Final: Celtics 135 Spurs 115 — Seven straight wins overshadowed by Hayward’s injury

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The Celtics won for the first time in San Antonio since 2011, overcoming an injury to Gordon Hayward to cruise to a 135-115 victory. Jaylen Brown finished four points shy of his career-high with 30 points, while Kemba Walker chipped in with 26 points as the visitors overcame a 7-0 hole out of the gate to cruise to a dominating win from start to finish.

Rob Williams arguably delivered his best game of the year with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, helping to limit LaMarcus Aldridge to just three points on 1-of-4 shooting. The C’s scored over 31 points in all four quarters, scoring the most points in San Antonio in a road game since the 1986.

The win was overshadowed however after Gordon Hayward suffered a left hand fracture in the second quarter.

Hayward suffered the injury while colliding with LaMarcus Aldridge with 1:34 remaining in the second quarter. Aldridge was whistled for an illegal screen on the play but it appears Hayward’s hand got caught in the collision. He immediately subbed himself out of the gate and headed to the locker room with a trainer.

After undergoing an X-ray in the arena, the team announced Hayward’s diagnosis. Marcus Smart replaced Hayward in the starting five. The injury is brutal timing for Hayward and the Celtics, who had put up some of the best numbers of his career (20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists) over the first seven games of this season.

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