Monday, 21 May, 2018

Kyrie Irving returns, Celtics beat Timberwolves 117-109

Jaylen Brown appears to avoid serious neck injury in fall at Celtics vs. Wolves Jaylen Brown appears to avoid serious neck injury in fall at Celtics vs. Wolves
Kristopher Love | 09 March, 2018, 17:39

Marcus Morris had 17 points off the bench and Jaylen Brown added 14 for the Celtics, who survived a scare when Brown walked off the court on his own accord after sustaining a bad fall while trying to dunk in the third quarter.

Irving finished with 23 points, while Horford scored 20.

Players from both teams gathered nearby while Brown was being tended.

But Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game that Brown "felt pretty good" as he left the arena for a CT scan in hospital.

The Boston Celtics were breathing a little easier after beating Minnesota on Thursday night, and their relief was about more than just the outcome. "I think that's the difference right now between us being a really good team and being a good team".

Brown has played great for the Celtics in Gordon Hayward's absence.

Warriors 110, Spurs 107 • In Oakland, Calif., Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and nearly single-handedly led undermanned Golden State's fourth-quarter rally past San Antonio after Stephen Curry went down early.

The Celtics posted a 35-point first period for the second straight game, as they did to fuel their 105-89 win over the Bulls.

The Timberwolves dropped their third in a row despite Nemanja Bjelica's game-high 30 points. Golden State improved to 7-0 since the All-Star break despite playing most of the game without Steph Curry, who was lost for the night to a rolled right ankle early in the first quarter. "Our training staff, they were there immediately and they were the ones telling him, 'Stay down.' We were just there, just kind of around him for support, praying that he was going to get up and be fine".

"I got to my spots out there, knocked down some jump shots", Durant said.

The Miami Heat, battling for playoff position in the East, earned a valuable 108-99 victory over Philadelphia, moving within one game of the 76ers for sixth place in the East.