Gordon Hayward Fractures Ankle, Celtics Drop Season Opener To Cavaliers

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
       CLEVELAND (AP) – 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 because of 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.

        Irving finished with 22 points for the Celtics, who overcame an 18-point deficit in the third and led with 2:04 left.

        Love had 15 and Derrick Rose 14 in his debut for the Cavs.
        
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