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Celtics F Brown leaves after hard fall

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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