Hayward, ‘long plane ride’ help Celtics out of funk

OAKLAND, Calif. — As the Boston Celtics have meandered their way through this season, vacillating between looking like an NBA Finals contender and a team destined for a first-round playoff exit, the biggest barometer for the team’s success on a nightly basis has been the play of forward Gordon Hayward.

Tuesday night’s rout of the Golden State Warriors was the latest example of why.

On a night when just about everything went right for the Celtics, it was Hayward who led the way with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench to power Boston to an emphatic 128-95 victory over the two-time defending champions.

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