Jayson Tatum scores 25, Kyrie Irving-less Celtics down lowly Cavs

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I told my wife I was a little anxious about it for sure sitting in my hotel room last night,” Hayward said. “Just thinking about how everything changed and where I was sitting a year ago from now. Just happy to try to find some perspective, I guess. Just happy that I was out there.”Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.The struggling Cavs were still within 94-91 when Smart hit a pull-up jumper, and after a miss by Sexton, dropped a 3-pointer. Burks had a monster dunk and 3 to make it 101-96, but Tatum blocked a shot by Ante Zizic underneath and Tatum closed it out by making a pair of free throws with 1:35 remaining.Without Irving and starting forward Marcus Morris (sore right knee), the Celtics needed someone to pick up the scoring slack and make plays down the stretch, and Tatum came through at both ends.“We’re super confident with this lineup,” Tatum said. “We’re young, but we were very battle tested last year together in the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celtics coach Brad Stevens was sure the Cavs would give his team all it could handle.“Everybody just looks at records and makes assumptions that things are easy and they’re not,” Stevens said. “It’s hard to win. That team over there is playing hard. We were lucky to be where we were at halftime. You knew at the start of the third quarter it was going to be back and forth the rest of the way. ”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has missed three of Boston’s four visits since the Cavs traded him. … Stevens said reserve center Aron Baynes (bruised foot) will be out through the All-Star break. He said Morris’ injury is not a “long-term” thing and it’s possible he’ll play Thursday. … F Daniel Theis was called for a rare, punching-the-ball violation while going after an offensive rebound in the fourth quarter.Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman missed his first game since rolling his right ankle on Saturday against Dallas. Osman averages 12.6 points. … Gs Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin have joined the Cavs but are not ready to play. They were acquired on Monday from Portland in the trade for F Rodney Hood.IRVING UPDATEStevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return on Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.“I would hope he would be able to go, but I don’t know for sure,” Stevens said. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”RACING ROOKIESexton came out in attack mode, scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-of-13 shooting. He cooled down after halftime and missed all five shots in the fourth quarter. Cavaliers: At Washington on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacers’ 3-point flurry buries Lakers in LeBron James’ worst loss Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but Jayson Tatum helped make up for his absence with 25 points. Marcus Smart had 17 and Jaylen Brown finished with 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHayward came off the bench and made 9 of 14 shots and added six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. The 28-year-old admitted being nervous about coming back to where his leg grotesquely snapped as he jumped to catch a lob pass in his first game after signing as a free agent with the Celtics.His season was over in just five minutes, and Hayward was taken off the floor on a stretcher. 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If something happens it happens. I enjoy my time here and hopefully it keeps going.”PERFECT FORMTatum went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line and Boston didn’t miss any of its 14 attempts.“I was just looking to be aggressive and attack the rim from the beginning,” Tatum said. “It’s the easiest way to get points, getting to the line.”UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Cleveland. Boston won 103-96. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena.He walked off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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