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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James (20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals) at the half. He is in range for his 18th postseason career triple-double. Good for second place all-time behind only Magic Johnson (30 triple-doubles).

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams Games 1-4 of the Eastern Conference finals: 8 points on a combined 4-for-13 shooting. Deron Williams in the first half of Game 5: 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Avery Bradley scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the first half and, to sum up how the night is going for Boston, he's minus-15 in plus/minus (only Al Horford is worse at minus-21). Cavs shot 59.5 percent in first half, Boston fortunate to be within 18. Halftime: Cavs 75, Celtics 57.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Avery Bradley gave the Celtics a bit of hope with a mini 6-0 run near the end of the half, energizing the crowd in the process. However, Boston still headed into the break down by 18 points, thanks to a 20-point, 7-rebound, 7-assist half from LeBron James.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Deron Williams scored a combined 8 points in the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but put up 12 in the first nine minutes of the second quarter in Game 5. It's just the second time this postseason that Williams has reached double-figures in a game.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James has 17 career postseason triple-doubles, and he's on track for another one in Game 5, finishing the first quarter with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Cleveland led Boston 43-27 after 1, with the 43 points representing the most in a quarter in Cavs playoff history.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics haven't led at any point in their three home games against the Cavaliers this series. And Boston has dug itself quite the hole in Game 5. Cavs shot 64 percent in the first half and 54.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc. End of 1st: Cavs 43, Celtics 27.

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This is the 5th time this postseason Kevin Love has scored at least 10 points in the first quarter, tied with Stephen Curry for most such quarters in 2017 playoffs.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Perhaps the most telling stat of the first 8 minutes of Game 5: LeBron James was 4-for-4 from the field, while the Celtics were 4-for-16.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Fresh off his 17-point, 17-rebound game in Game 4, Kevin Love scored the first 8 points for the Cavs in Game 5, helping Cleveland storm out to a 9-point lead less than four minutes into the game.

david b. thorpe @coachthorpe

Pretty sure LeBron was sick for game three. Speed and bounce look back to par. Meaning very awesome speed and bounce.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Just as it did before Game 4 in Cleveland, the league held a moment of silence before Game 5 in Boston to remember the victims of the bombing in Manchester, England.