Jaylen Brown able to leave court on his own after hard fall


Kyrie Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to pace the Celtics in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night in Minneapolis. Laying motionless on the court for three minutes before a stretcher was brought out, Brown was ultimately able to get back to his feet and walk off the Minnesota floor under his own power, and with an acknowledgement to the crowd in attendance.

Brown's hands seemed to slip off the rim before he was ready to let go, throwing off the balance on his dismount.

The Boston Celtics had a awful sense of deja vu on Friday when young forward Jaylen Brown took a terrible tumble after dunking. He came into the game averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals, all marked improvements over the numbers he posted in his rookie season, after the Celtics made him the third overall pick in the 2016 draft. Golden State improved to 7-0 since the All-Star break despite playing most of the game without Steph Curry, who was lost for the night to a rolled right ankle early in the first quarter.

Brown scored 14 points before the incident, and was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and taken to a hospital for precautionary testing.

"Our trainer said when he left the locker room he was feeling good, moving OK and in good spirits", Stevens said. With the win, the Celtics have now secured a spot in the NBA Playoffs. "That's probably one of the worst falls I've seen".

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Nemanja Bjelica led the Timberwolves with a career-high 30 points, including 6 of 9 from the 3-point range.

The Celtics consistently generated quality shots on the offense, with crisp ball movement and a dose of ridiculous shot making from Kyrie Irving. "You just never wanna see that happen especially to a teammate of yours". Towns added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Al Horford chipped in 20 points and eight boards for the Celtics, who improved to 46-20.

Brown tweeted after the game that he was OK.

UP NEXT: The Celtics (45-20) play the first of a two-game homestand on Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers (37-28).