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Gordon Hayward makes his return to an NBA court

Josue Pavon
September 29, 2018 - 7:29 am

Gordon Hayward returned to NBA play for the first time since the opening quarter of the 2017-18 Celtics season. 

Hayward, who was greeted to a standing ovation in Chapel Hill, N.C. prior to tip-off against the Hornets, earned his first bucket of the night on a put-back off of a missed layup by Jayson Tatum in the opening quarter of the night. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds and one assist in just over 22 minutes. 

Hayward also facilitated the offense throughout the first quarter as the Celtics were solid in their ball movement before Brad Stevens went deep into his bench for most of the second half.