Gordon Hayward scores 35 as Celtics overpower Timberwolves without Kyrie, 115-102

Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward dribbles the ball past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during the second half at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Gordon Hayward dribbles the ball past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Gordon Hayward scored 35 points, his most in a single game as a member of the Celtics, as he led the way offensively in a convincing 115-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden on Wednesday night without Kyrie Irving. Hayward played 32 minutes off the bench in his game-high performance.

Hayward went 4-for-7 from three-point range in the win, adding five assists. Terry Rozier started in place of Irving and scored 16 points (6-for-10 shooting) to go with five rebounds and five assists.

The Celtics originally pulled away in the second quarter as they out-scored the Wolves 35-21 in the frame. Hayward scored 13 of his 35 points in the second.

For the second straight game, the Celtics lost ground in the third quarter, as Karl-Anthony Towns went off for 20 points in the third alone (he finished with 28 points). It was 87-81 heading into the fourth, but this time the Celtics had it in them to pull away once again.

Hayward scored seven more points on 3-for-4 shooting in the final quarter. Daniel Theis sparked the C's to start the fourth with five points and an assist to get their lead back to nine. Al Horford went back in for Theis and stepped up with seven points of his own to help close out the game.

Up Next: The Celtics get the Dallas Mavericks next on Friday at TD Garden.

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