Marcus Smart prays after Jaylen Brown's fall.

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Jaylen Brown suffers brutal, terrifying fall, but leaves court under own power

John Tomase
March 08, 2018 - 11:51 pm

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown left the floor under his own power and waved to the fans after suffering a brutal fall onto his head and neck following a breakaway dunk in Thursday's victory over the Timberwolves.

Brown remained on the floor as a hush fell over the arena after throwing down a dunk with 1:31 left in the third quarter while being fouled. He attempted to hang onto the rim to catch himself, but lost his grip and fell with his body parallel to the floor. Celtics teammates prayed nearby as Brown's body seized up and he appeared dazed virtually to the point of unconsciousness.

With medical personnel from both teams attending to him and a stretcher on the court, Brown eventually sat up and was helped to his feet before walking off to a standing ovation. He was taken to a hospital for a CT scan and head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the 117-109 victory that Brown seemed fine as he left the arena. The hope is that he'll join the team on the flight home to Boston.

Brown finished with 14 points as the Celtics clinched a playoff berth.