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Boston Celtics eliminate Cavs 113-98 , advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Boston Celtics eliminate Cavs 113-98 , advance to Eastern Conference Finals

The day couldn’t have started better for Celtics fans at least, getting the notification that Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Craig Porter were all out for Game 5. This was the perfect opportunity for the Celtics to close the series, which they did with a 113-98 on Wednesday night.

Behind a 22-point and 15-rebound performance from Al Horford, the Celtics are back in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics started the game shooting well beyond the arc. Jaylen Brown, Derrick White (twice), and Al Horford — breaking a 0-11 streak — made a three to give Boston a 14-10 lead within the first five minutes.

A Tatum dunk with under seven minutes left led to the first timeout of the game from the Cavs.

Despite the free-flowing offense from Boston, the Cavs responded to every run the Celtics went on. A deep Marcus Morris three led to a Joe Mazzulla timeout with Boston leading 23-22 with 3:17 left in the first quarter.

The Celtics offense went cold late in the quarter while the Cavs were the ones looking more likely to score with each possession. Cleveland, through Max Strus, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley helped the Cavs end the quarter tied at 28.

The second quarter started strong with Boston knocking down back-to-back threes with Pritchard and Hauser finding the bottom of the net. However, the Cavs responded with back-to-back threes of their own leading to another Mazzulla timeout with the game tied at 34.

With Isaac Okoro in foul trouble, Marcus Morris got the nod and scored five straight points from the Cavs to take a 46-40 lead halfway through the second quarter.

Derrick White knotted things up at 48 with his third three of the half to make it 15 points for White with four minutes left.

After a controversial offensive foul on Jaylen Brown, Al Horford got the crowd back in it with a corner three and then forcing a travel on defense. Horford would follow up the forced turnover with a block and then forcing a steal on an inbound, leading to a Tatum dunk to give Boston a 53-48 lead.

Horford played like he didn’t want to go back to Cleveland.

Tatum shot the team’s first free throws with 37.1 seconds left in the first half making the pair.

After a White block, Tatum drilled a three with under six seconds left, but Tatum was hit with a tech for a vicious hand wave at referee Tony Brothers.

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