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2018 Schedule
50-32, 1st in Central
Pierce credits Stevens for Celtics' play (2:35)
Slow starts doom Cavs in Boston (1:08)
Celtics defend home court (1:19)

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

Rookie Jayson Tatum had 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

Tatum says Celtics played with more poise in Game 5 (1:11)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs lose 96-83 to fall down 3-2 in the series. Cleveland will need to win two in a row and snap Boston's perfect 10-0 record at home in these playoffs in a Game 7 in order to advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year.

Rozier feeds Horford for the alley-oop (0:24)
Nance's poster attempt fail (0:27)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have a major uphill battle in front of them heading into the 4th Q if they are to break the Celtics' perfect 9-0 home record this postseason. The Celtics are up 76-60 and while Cleveland has held Boston to just 38.1 percent from the floor, the Cavaliers aren't doing much better at 40.4 percent. The difference? Boston is shooting 40.7 percent from 3 while Cleveland is shooting 25 percent from the outside and the Cavs also have 11 turnovers while the Celtics have just eight.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs shot 25 percent from 3 in Games 1 and 2 in Boston, then shot 43.8 percent from 3 in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland and are back down to 27.3 percent from 3 (6-for-22) so far in Game 5 at TD Garden.

Tatum converts steal into layup (0:17)
Ball movement leads to Smart's 3-pointer (0:22)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have eight turnovers, LeBron James has four of them (including two costly ones in the 3rd Q). He came into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals averaging 5.4 turnovers per game in the series.

LeBron's sloppy pass leads to Tatum's 3-pointer (0:40)
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Nance, Morris, Rozier T'd up in Game 5 scuffle

Three technical fouls were handed out early in the second quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 after a fracas involving Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. and the Celtics' Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs stopped the bleeding in the second quarter, but still trail 53-42 heading into halftime. LeBron James has 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting; Kevin Love has 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting' Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson combined to score 10 points in the first half off the bench. Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 12 points.

Smart drains back-to-back buckets (0:27)
Morris, Nance get into heated altercation (1:21)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Disastrous 1st Q for Cleveland, as the Cavs trail 32-19. Kevin Love (10 pts) and LeBron James (8 pts) carried the offensive load. The rest of the Cavs roster to play thus far combined for 1 pt on 0-for-5 shooting. Cleveland has five turnovers, leading to six points for the Celtics. Boston is led by rookie Jayson Tatum, who has been ultra aggressive getting to the lane and has 9 pts so far.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs are in some early trouble here, falling down double digits at 27-17. Cleveland has four turnovers -- the biggest thing it wanted to avoid in Game 5 -- and Boston has just one.

Tatum follows up 3-pointer with assist to Baynes (0:35)
Baynes caps off block with tip-in (0:24)
Tatum makes jump shot after nice dribble (0:23)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love, who went 3-for-12 in Game 4, has the Cavs' first two possessions in Game 5 go through him. He goes 1-for-2.

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.95th
Rebounds Per Game42.123rd
Assists Per Game23.412th
Points Allowed109.926th

Team History