The Boston Celtics won game five in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night in Cleveland, winning 120-88. Boston Celtics now lead the series 3-2.
Every starter on the Boston Celtics team scored double digits. Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen scored 25 points and small forward Paul Pierce had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Kevin Garnett contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 7 assists and Kendrick Perkins added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Off the bench, power forward Glen Davis scored 15 points and had 4 rebounds. It was a team effort for Boston in game 5.
LeBron James had an off night, only scoring 15 points on 3-of-14 shooting. Shaquille O’Neal on the other hand had one of his better games in this year’s playoffs, scoring 21 points. Anthony Parker had 14 points, Mo Williams had 9 points and Antawn Jamison contributed 9 points as well for the Cavaliers.
“I missed a lot of open shots that I normally make,” LeBron James said. “You don’t see that out of me a lot so when it happens, it’s a big surprise.” James refuses to use his sprained elbow as an excuse for his performance.
As for this potentially being his last game in Cleveland, James added: “I didn’t even think about that. Me sitting up here and saying this is potentially our last game here this season, that wouldn’t be me and that wouldn’t be our team.”
If the Boston Celtics win game 6 in Boston they will take the series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Orlando Magic.
“We cannot come back here,” Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics said. “We have to think this is our Game 7 coming up and we cannot afford to have the best team in the league have a Game 7 on their floor. Just not possible.”
“We are who we are,” Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We don’t need anyone to play hero basketball. We have to be a team. We’re good when we’re a team.”
“Our backs are against the wall,” James said. “We’ve won on that floor before and we’ve got to get it done.”
“It’s plain and simple,” said Shaquille O’Neal, who came to Cleveland determined “to win a ring for the King.” “We’ve got to win two in a row. We’ve got to man up. I’ve been in this situation before.”
Game 6 will take place in Boston Thursday, May 13.