Celtics Continue Home Playoff Dominance In Game 5 Win
The Boston Celtics are now one win away from reaching the NBA Finals.
Boston continued it's home playoff dominance, Wednesday night, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The win not only pushed the C's to within one win of a Finals birth, but also kept the team perfect at home in the postseason, at a cool 10-0.
It all started with a hot first quarter for the C's, which saw them jump out to an early, 32-19 lead. Boston would never relinquish that 13-point lead fully and sailed through the rest of the game.
While LeBron James led all scorers with 26 points on the night, he, once again, saw his teammates go ice cold in the hostile TD Garden. With the exception of Kevin Love, who scored 14 points, no other Cavs players scored double digits.
On the flip side, Boston had five guys score at least 13 points, showing out again in front of the rowdy home crowd.
Rookie Jayson Tatum paced the C's, pouring in 24 points, while adding seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Veteran forward Al Horford, who started the day by being named to his first ever NBA All-Defensive Second Team, also spurred the charge. In 35 minutes, he put up a double-double, scoring 15 points and collecting 12 rebounds.
The series will now shift back to Cleveland, a place that caused the C's trouble as of late. With a game in hand and the security of playing at home in a potential Game 7, Boston is clearly in the driver's seat.
Of course, with LeBron James on the other side, you never know what could happen.