Celtics go wire-to-wire over Cavaliers in Gordon Hayward's return

Dec 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) lays the ball in the basket during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Celtics found the perfect landing spot for Gordon Hayward's return from a broken hand, as the Green went wire-to-wire with an easy 110-88 win over the Cavaliers at TD Garden on Monday night.

Leaving nothing to chance, the Celtics blitzed the Cavaliers for 29 points in the first quarter, with Jaylen Brown leading the way behind nine points and a 4-for-6 start from the floor. The C's did not slow down at any point, though, carrying a 13-point edge into the half, and with Brown and Kemba Walker combining for 25 of the team's 53 points through 24 minutes of action.

And it was in the third quarter that the C's saw their lead balloon to a game-high 29 points at one point, setting the stage for a cruise control fourth quarter that allowed the Celtics to improve to 10-0 at home this season. With the win, the Celtics remained just one of three teams to still boast a perfect home record on the year, keeping pace with the Heat (10-0) and 76ers (12-0).

Hayward, meanwhile, finished his night with 14 points on a 7-for-10 night shooting, along with four assists and five rebounds, in 26 minutes of action.

All of the Celtics' starters finished with double-digit points, actually, and it was Boston's best shooting night of the year, with the C's dropping 45 of their 78 shots for a 57.7 field goal percentage on the night.

The Celtics will visit Indiana for a meeting with the Pacers on Wednesday night.

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