Celtics forward Jaylen Brown leaves game after hard landing

Boston Celtics's Jaylen Brown lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson, left, looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Jim Mone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boston small forward Jaylen Brown left the Celtics' game Thursday night at Minnesota after landing hard on his back following a dunk late in the third quarter.

Brown lost his grip on the rim as he finished the play, falling awkwardly to the court with 1:31 remaining in the period. He stayed down for several minutes, and a stretcher was rushed out. But Brown was eventually able to walk slowly to the locker room on his own, and the crowd at Target Center gave him a standing ovation. Brown had 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes for the Celtics, who led 86-74 after three quarters.

LeBron James of the rival Cleveland Cavaliers tweeted he was praying for Brown .


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