National Basketball Association capsules: Kyrie Irving returns, Celtics beat Timberwolves 117-109

National Basketball Association capsules: Kyrie Irving returns, Celtics beat Timberwolves 117-109

The Boston Celtics have bigger aspirations than just making the playoffs this season, but they clinched their spot in the field Thursday with a 117-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The incident occurred in the third quarter when Brown ran the length of the court on a fast break and dunked, but his hands slipped of the rim and he landed hard on his upper back, shoulder and head.

He lay on the court for several minutes as medical staff attended to him and the Timberwolves' Target Center arena went quiet. I was just happy that he was able to get up and walk on his own power.

LeBron James weighed in on Twitter with a tip of the cap for Brown.

Morris was leading all scorers at the half with 14 points (6-11 FG) and five rebounds, with Kyrie Irving not far behind with 11 points (4-8 FG), three boards and three assists.

The Boston Celtics are not ready to concede the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed to the Toronto Raptors just yet.

Brown scored 14 points before the incident, and was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and taken to a hospital for precautionary testing.

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With fresh legs down the stretch, Irving hit three shots inside the arc and assisted on an Al Horford three in four straight possessions, extending Boston's lead from seven to 12 and putting the Timberwolves away.

That Jaylen Brown is able to walk off and wave to the crowd after that scary fall is remarkable. "You just never wanna see that happen especially to a teammate of yours".

Warriors 110, Spurs 107: Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and nearly single-handedly led undermanned Golden State's fourth-quarter rally past visiting San Antonio after Stephen Curry went down early.

But the real headline here is when Jaylen Brown left the game late in the third quarter with a potential concussion.

Making his first start since Phoenix's win over Memphis on February 28, Jackson played 13 minutes and tallied six points, two rebounds and two assists against Oklahoma City. After last night's win over the Timberwolves, the Boston Celtics are going to the playoffs.

Nemanja Bjelica led all scorers with 30 points for the Timberwolves.

UP NEXT: The Celtics (45-20) play the first of a two-game homestand on Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers (37-28).

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