Hayward ties career high with 39 as Celtics top Cavs

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2019

His second-half play alongside Kemba Walker has led the Celtics to a quick four-game winning streak, and with matchups against the Cavaliers and the Hornets approaching, it doesn't look like they'll be slowing down anytime soon.

In the 119-113 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Hayward put on a clinic, hitting 100 percent of his shots from field goal range (17-for-17) en route to tying his career high of 39 points - also his highest-scoring game with Boston.

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Hayward hit 17 of 20 shots, including one 3-pointer. He averaged 19.8 points per game in 605 games with the Hornets, making three straight All-Star appearances from 2017-19.

Walker added 25 in the contest, and Jayson Tatum chipped in 18. The Celtics allowed opponents to score 108.0 points per game and shoot 44.8% from the field last season.

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Cleveland stayed with the hot-shooting Celtics until the final seconds.

Instead, there was the gruesome ankle injury on opening night and two seasons of getting healthy. He averaged 16.5 points in two games at Cleveland last season. Stevens said Kanter "really wants to play, but our medical staff doesn't feel like he's ready yet.". F Jaylen Brown (illness) worked out in Boston and could join the team in Charlotte.

Celtics: C Enes Kanter (bruised left knee) missed his fifth straight game. He has not played since October 26 at NY, sitting out three games in a row.

Cavaliers: At the Washington Wizards on Friday.

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