Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Celtics Lose to Cavs as Hayward Is Hurt, Tatum Makes Debut

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Celtics Lose to Cavs as Hayward Is Hurt, Tatum Makes Debut

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Boston's Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland and the Cavaliers' 102-99 win over the shocked Celtics on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 29 points 13 in the fourth quarter in his most extensive action in three weeks after a sprained left ankle. He also fed Kevin Love for a critical 3-pointer with 46.3 second left to put the Cavs up 102-98.

Irving, who asked to be traded this summer after six seasons in Cleveland, had a chance to tie it with a 3-pointer at the horn but missed. Irving then shared a warm embrace with James, his teammate for three seasons.

Jayson Tatum (Chaminade Prep) made his NBA debut with the Celtics, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Irving finished with 22 points for the Celtics, who overcame an 18-point deficit in the third and led with 2:04 left. Boston's guard was also called for a technical.

Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract with the Celtics this summer, was bumped by James while trying to catch an alley-oop pass with 6:45 left in the first quarter. The forward's leg got twisted underneath him as he came back to the floor and snapped his ankle grotesquely.

The 27-year-old sat up, looked at his foot and yelled in horror while some players covered their mouths and others turned their heads.

NOTEBOOK

Bulls brawl in practice; Mirotic hurt * The Chicago Bulls say forward Nikola Mirotic suffered multiple broken bones in his face as well as a concussion in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice.

The team says Mirotic will probably need surgery and is out indefinitely. They say they are "evaluating disciplinary action" after Tuesday's incident.

Denver to sign Jefferson * A source tells The Associated Press that veteran forward Richard Jefferson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. …

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