November 6, 2019 / 2:43 AM / 12 days ago

Hayward scores 39 as Celtics down Cavs

Gordon Hayward highlighted his career high-tying 39-point performance by making all nine shots he attempted in the first half as the visiting Boston Celtics recorded a 119-113 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Nov 5, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) shoots against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Hayward finished 17 of 20 from the field and added eight assists and seven rebounds to propel the Celtics to their fifth straight win.

Kemba Walker went 6 of 8 from 3-point range to highlight his 25-point outing as Boston posted its fifth consecutive victory against Cleveland for the first time since a 13-game winning streak spanning the 2000-04 seasons.

Collin Sexton scored 21 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 and 13 rebounds and Kevin Love contributed 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost three in a row.

Hayward was hot right out of the blocks, sinking all seven shots he attempted during his 16-point first quarter to stake Boston to a 32-24 lead. The Celtics shot a blistering 64.0 percent from the field in the quarter, due in large part to outscoring Cleveland by a 20-8 margin in the paint.

Boston pushed the advantage to 11 on a couple of occasions in the second quarter before Sexton sank a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a pullup jumper to key a Cleveland surge that trimmed the deficit to 52-50 with 1:47 left in the second half.

The Celtics countered with a 9-2 run to end the half, with Hayward’s pullup jumper making him a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor. Hayward’s 22 points at the half were a career high, eclipsing the 21 he recorded in a 36-point game at Charlotte on Jan. 18, 2016.

Hayward was undaunted after missing his first shot on a 3-point attempt early in the third quarter. He continued his sterling performance by converting an alley-oop layup from Walker before banking home a short jumper to give Boston a 69-59 lead.

Carsen Edwards bookended 3-pointers to highlight a 10-2 surge early in the fourth and Hayward and Walker connected from beyond the arc on consecutive possessions to send the Celtics to a 113-101 advantage with 4:35 to play.

Thompson’s layup and putback brought the Cavaliers within 113-110 with 2:10 remaining and Sexton answered Walker’s 3-pointer with one of his own with 1:33 to play. Hayward cleaned up a rebound of Walker’s 3-point attempt to effectively put the game away.

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