Gordon Hayward on Game Winner: 'It builds a little bit of confidence'

    Gordon Hayward hopes he can keep the good games going as his game-winner pushed the Celtics to a second consecutive win on a back-to-back set...

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    SACRAMENTO, CA – Gordon Hayward spoke to the media on Wednesday night following the Boston Celtics 111-109 over the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center.

    Listen to everything Hayward had to say here:

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    Hayward revealed his thought process throughout the seconds leading up to his game-winning field goal following the Celtics’ 111-109 win.

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    “Had to get it up the length of the court, I was able to finish the play off,” Hayward explained. “But (it) was really just making a play.

    “Everyone was kind of tight on their man there so it was sort of just like 1-on-1 and the lane kind of cleared out and I was able to make the move going left. I really just took what the defense gave me, if somebody would have came and helped, I would have kicked it to them.”

    Draining a game-winning shot on the second night of a back-to-back is one thing but doing it after scoring 30 points on the champion Warriors is an impressive feat — it’s certainly an important milestone for Hayward, who explained what Wednesday night’s game meant to his season.

    “It builds a little bit of confidence, try to keep the good games rolling. Be more consistent,” Hayward said. “I felt like tonight wasn’t my best night, shooting-wise but I tried to do some other things. They were a tough team and I think the fact that they push the ball so fast up the court was even harder on us coming from a back-to-back so I’m proud of us that we gutted it out.”