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Celtics pull it out in nail-biting game 5 to defeat Sixers

10 May 2018

". Looking at KD and Westbrook, what they did their first season together, I think they won 28 games".

Asked how the Celtics were going to shutdown James, Tatum gave his honest reply, "It is my first year". TD Garden rejoiced as the Celtics escaped with a 114-112 victory and closed out the Sixers in what was a competitive five-game series.

"I feel like we had more [to show]", Embiid said after a 27-point, 12-rebound outing in Game 5.

With Simmons about to win the Rookie of the Year award and Embiid establishing himself as the best young big man in the NBA, Philly's future is bright. But we found a way, we pulled together. Needless to say, Jayson has been a huge part of Boston's success and current playoff run that could see them close out Dr. J's Boyz.

The roll Philadelphia had been on, coupled with Boston losing Kyrie Irving, and briefly Jaylen Brown, made the Sixers a trendy pick to go from the lottery directly to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Once again, the biggest plays were being made by a familiar source, despite twin 27-point efforts from Embiid and Saric that almost sent this series back to Philadelphia. That he made the play seconds after making a free throw that he was trying to miss was perfectly Smart-ian.

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"This was Game 7, and we treated it as such", Brown said.

"We have nothing to lose", McConnell told TNT after the game.

Despite being surrounded by a group of 20-somethings, the 32-year-old "Playoff Al" has helped them all play well beyond their years. "We definitely had more to show".

No team in National Basketball Association history has overcome an 0-3 series deficit.

The Celtics advance to the NBA's final four to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight year for a berth in the finals. That is, Morris reminded Embiid that the Celtics held a 3-0 series lead on the 76ers.

"The thought was this could be the last possession of the season". This was a process to get to the conference finals, we didn't.

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Smart was fouled with 2.4 left, missed the first, hit the second, and got back down the floor in time to intercept Simmons' home run pass.

Philadelphia led 47-43 at halftime.

Simmons' driving layup with 1:45 to play in the first half brought the 76ers within 53-52 heading into the final minute. Because of his defensive struggles, Belinelli didn't play in the second half.

"I don't want too high a level of anxiety", Brown said. "We're going to be fine". "And hopefully we keep playing well".

The kicker of it all is that the Celtics were underdogs in every game but Game 5.

Flash forward to Wednesday night and the Sixers' season has ended at the hands of the Celtics, the same team that ruined their trip across the pond. "But there is very much a disappointment and an emptiness when someone stops something that you really like doing and stops something with guys you like doing it with".

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Celtics pull it out in nail-biting game 5 to defeat Sixers